Coronavirus: US Senate passes major $1.9tn relief plan

President Joe Biden's relief bill aimed at helping Americans deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has cleared a major hurdle. The $1.9tn (£1.4tn) plan was approved in the Senate on Saturday despite every Republican senator voting against. The House of Representatives - controlled by Mr Biden's Democrats - is expected to approve it next Tuesday. Mr Biden described the Senate vote as "one more giant step forward" in delivering the promise to help people. America's worst public health crisis in a century has left nearly 523,000 people dead and 29 million infected, with a current unemployment rate of 6.2%.

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