Coronavirus stimulus bill fails in Senate; Canada and Australia pull out of Olympics


A vote to advance a massive coronavirus stimulus bill failed Sunday night in the Senate as negotiations so far has yet to produce a deal on the more than $1 trillion aid package.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday became the first senator known to test positive for COVID-19. And Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, who tested positive last week for the disease caused by the coronavirus, said he has been hospitalized because of “severe shortness of breath.”

The spread of the pandemic prompted Canada and Australia to say they won’t be sending athletes to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer because of coronavirus, officials said Sunday. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged for the first time Monday that the Games could be delayed.

In Europe, Spain’s death toll hit 2,000, just three days after reaching 1,000. Hard-hit Italy banned travel within the country and the government also issued an order freezing all business activity deemed nonessential in an effort to keep more people at home. Companies will have to remain closed until April 3.