WASHINGTON: The United States reached an extraordinary milestone in five million coronavirus cases on Sunday after President Donald Trump was accused of unilaterally violating the Constitution by extending a virus relief package.
The U.S. has hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 162,000 deaths – the second highest in any country, surpassing 100,000 on Saturday, ahead of Brazil. The number of global deaths since the novel Coronavirus was originated in China last December has reached to 727,288.
There are about 20 million reported cases worldwide – actually representing only a fraction of the number of infections. As in most parts of the world, on Sunday, the small African nation of Malawi imposed strict social sanctions to prevent the disease, closing all bars and churches, and warm weekend weather increased beach congestion in Europe.
In Washington, Trump announced Saturday the new virus mitigation package – after talks between Republican and Democrat lawmakers – senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi told reporters that it was unconstitutional.
Chuck Schumer, a fellow Democrat and Senate minority leader, dismissed Trump’s arbitrary actions as “useless, weak and too narrow.” With the country’s economy still struggling to get out of the big hole, Democrats seemed week about any legal challenge to a relief package that they felt was seriously inadequate.
In the run-up to the November 3 election, he expressed interest in taking decisive action to oust the president, with a large number of voters dissatisfied with the crisis in the election.