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News Flash for 10/2/20

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  • President Trump announced via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. This comes after news that his top advisor, Hope Hicks, tested positive on Thursday. Trump and Hicks had been traveling with each other in close quarters and it is believed that this is how he contracted the virus. The President announced that he and the First Lady will begin quarantining immediately. His doctor has said that he is doing “well”. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative for coronavirus.
  • The House has passed a $2.2 trillion COVID relief bill that would resume the $600 federal unemployment benefits that expired over the summer. The stimulus relief bill was voted for 214-207 and is expected to be contested by the Republican senate. The bill is planned to give American taxpayers a $1,200 relief check. It will also revamp the Paycheck Protection Program, which has been adding small businesses around the country. Talks between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin may result in a more bi-partisan relief bill, which would have little to no issues being taken up by the Senate.
  • Hundreds of Honduran migrants are heading for the border of the United States after the border restrictions have lightened up in Guatemala amid the COVID pandemic. Guatemala is a halfway point for Hondurans looking to enter the United States. Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei said that all those entering his country illegally will be detained and sent back to the borders of their countries. While security at the border of the United States is high, the chance of migrants getting through Guatemala is very low. Many of the migrants are looking to enter America in pursuit of better opportunities and the “American dream”.