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9:54 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

How much money Americans will get under the stimulus plan

The White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early this morning over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan includes direct deposits to many Americans. Here's how they work:

  • Individuals who earn $75,000 in adjusted gross income or less would get direct payments of $1,200 each
  • Married couples earning up to $150,000 receiving $2,400
  • Families will get an additional $500 per each child
  • Payment would scale down by income, phasing out entirely at $99,000 for singles and $198,000 for couples without children

Remember: The final bill text hasn't been released.

9:12 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Prince Charles is in "good spirits" after coronavirus diagnosis

Prince Charles continues work and is in “good health and indeed good spirits” following his coronavirus diagnosis, according to a royal source.

He was tested on Monday and got results on Tuesday, the source said.

Charles is now self-isolating at the Birkhall estate in Scotland, with a small number of staff keeping separate from him, the source said. His wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, is self-isolating separately.

The Prince has not been to a hospital, the source said, adding he was tested because of his age and medical history. He has spoken both to his mother Queen Elizabeth and to his sons William and Harry, the source said.

The medical advice he has been given is that this is “unlikely to escalate into a more serious case for the prince from now on.”

The source asked not to be named discussing the royal family’s medical condition.

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9:54 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

What’s included in the $2 trillion stimulus bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just outlined what's included in the $2 trillion stimulus deal reached by the White House and Senate leaders.

Here are five key points of the bill:

  • It includes $130 billion for hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers and other similar facilities, to help with the shortage of ventilators and equipment.
  • Schumer said it's "worker-friendly" — meaning people who are out of work will be able to apply quickly for employment insurance or be furloughed.
  • There's $150 billion in assistance for state and local governments.
  • Schumer said the bill allows for oversight and accountability over corporate lending.
  • The bill includes interest-free loans for small businesses.

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8:59 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Saudi Arabia tightens curfew and suspends travel between some cities

The empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, March 23, after authorities imposed a curfew.
The empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, March 23, after authorities imposed a curfew. Fayez Nureldine//AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has suspended inter-city travel between Riyadh, Medina and Mecca and has tightened curfews in the cities to start at 3 p.m. local time, according to state news agency SPA

On Monday, Saudi Arabia had imposed a curfew across the country starting at 7 p.m. local time until 6 a.m. for 21 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The tighter curfew comes a day ahead of a virtual G20 leader’s summit, which will be chaired by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz “to advance a coordinated global response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications,” a statement from the G20 Saudi Secretariat said. 

9:54 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Schumer: Stimulus bill is like "unemployment insurance on steroids"

CNN
CNN

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the $2 trillion stimulus deal reached by the White House and Senate leaders after tense negotiations will provide much-needed help to Americans.

"To the American people, we say big help, quick help, is on the way," the Democratic senator said.

Schumer said the bill will provide $130 billion to help provide equipment and supplies for hospitals and health care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is workers-first," he said.

Of note: Schumer promised most people will get their full or nearly full salaries or can be furloughed. He called it "unemployment insurance on steroids."

"America needed huge help quickly, and I think we’ve risen to that occasion," he said.

When asked by CNN’s John Berman if the stimulus deal would be enough, Schumer said, "We don’t know," citing the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus.

8:50 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

British parliament debates how to help freelancers

Parliament TV
Parliament TV

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently being questioned on the coronavirus outbreak in the Parliament.

The number of MPs attending the traditional Prime Minister's Questions session has been restricted and the debate's duration has been extended to accommodate for the social distancing measures imposed in the United Kingdom.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, pressed Johnson on financial help for freelancers and people on casual contracts, who are losing incomes because of the outbreak.

Johnson said the government is working on providing help to these workers.

8:35 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Trump approves disaster declaration for Louisiana

President Trump approved an urgent request for a major disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana, which grants the state access to federal aid as it combats the spread of Covid-19. 

The President approved the declaration on last night, just one day after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a 15-page letter to the White House seeking disaster relief. 

Governor Edwards tweeted this last night:

8:36 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Prince Charles told he was not contagious the last time he saw the Queen

Prince Charles makes a speech as he attends a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort at Mansion House on March 12 in London.
Prince Charles makes a speech as he attends a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort at Mansion House on March 12 in London. Eamonn M. McCormack/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles has been advised he was contagious with coronavirus starting on March 13, a royal source said today.

Buckingham Palace earlier said Prince Charles last saw his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on March 12.

Clarence House said in a statement earlier that Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating in Scotland.

The Palace said the monarch is in good health, but did not say if she had been tested. The Queen is 93 years old, and her husband, Prince Philip, is 98.

The royal source asked not to be named discussing the royal family’s medical conditions.

8:30 a.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Roger Federer is the latest sport star to donate to coronavirus efforts

Roger Federer has announced he and his wife Mirka will donate 1 million Swiss Francs — or about $1.02 million — to help the most vulnerable families in Switzerland impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.

“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind”, the 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion said in a post on Instagram.

Federer’s donation comes as sports stars, clubs and associations from around the world continue to help relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.

Earlier today, top-flight Italian football club, Inter Milan, announced that its crowdfunding campaign had raised €658,000, or $712,890, for Coronavirus research at Milan’s Luigi Sacco Hospital.

Pep Guardiola – who manages the defending English Premier League champions, Manchester City – has donated €1 million, or $1.08 million, to help with the fight against Coronavirus in his native Spain.