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Coronavirus Updates: Monday, April 13

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 10:35am.

Stimulus payments are now in full swing as the daily U.S. death toll from the coronavirus dipped for the second straight day, providing hope that the worst of the pandemic could soon be behind us.

Today (Monday, April 13) marks one month since President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency. There were fewer than 2,000 confirmed cases nationwide then. Much has changed:

What hasn't changed, however, is Trump's determination to "reopen" the U.S. for business as soon as possible. He plans to announce a new task force Tuesday that will focus on plans to either extend social distancing guidelines or reopen the nation.

Many Americans will be getting stimulus payments this week. The IRS began depositing money into taxpayers' bank accounts Saturday and will prioritize the first waves of payments for low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries,

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