Coronavirus updates: California issues ‘stay-at-home’ order

The state of New York has told all nonessential businesses to stop work outside of homes, adding to drastic steps taken in various parts of the U.S. to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

California’s governor issued a stay-at-home order, which took effect Thursday night. The state’s 40 million residents were asked to leave their homes only when necessary and the order will remain in place until further notice.

China, meanwhile, announced that for the second day in a row, it had no new local cases.

Senate Republicans have unveiled a plan to send direct cash payments to help Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the plan, individuals making up to $75,000 annually would be eligible for a $1,200 check from the federal government.

Also in the Senate, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., as well as three other senators are under fire after reports emerged that they sold off stock amid the coronavirus outbreak.

There are now nearly 250,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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