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US lawmakers approve $1.9tn COVID-19 relief plan

United States House of Representatives has approved President Joe Biden’s $1.9tn relief plan, to help Americans during the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the BBC, the cash would be extended as emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and state governments. Unemployment is close to 10%, with some 10 million jobs lost in the pandemic.

In a remark to the development, President Biden hailed the House’s approval of the plan, saying he hoped it would receive “quick action” at the Senate.

“We have no time to waste,” he said. “If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly we can finally get ahead of this virus, we can finally get our economy moving again. And the people in this country have suffered far too much for too long. We need to relieve that suffering.”

This vote comes in the same week the US passed 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths – the largest figure of any nation in the world.

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