Last Week in the News

Monday, March 23

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for COVID-19 in jail. 

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tests positive for COVID-19, becoming the first U.S. senator to contract the virus. 

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel announces she will be self-quarantining after her doctor tests positive for COVID-19. 


Tuesday, March 24

2020 Summer Olympics officially postponed until 2021. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces “a total ban of coming out of your homes” for three weeks for the nation of 1.3 billion.

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes off Russia’s Kuril Islands. 


Wednesday, March 25

Retired FBI agent Rob Levinson, who vanished in 2007, dies in Iranian custody, his family says.

Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19. 

Pentagon orders halt to overseas movement for U.S. forces for up to 60 days; Afghanistan withdraw continues. 


Thursday, March 26

The U.S. officially has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other nation. 

Labor Department announces a record 3.3 Americans filed for unemployment benefits the week of March 16. 

U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on drug trafficking charges. 


Friday, March 27

Congress passes a $2 trillion stimulus — the largest in U.S. history — for coronavirus relief, sends to President Trump to sign; the bill suspends all federal student loan payments through Sept. 30, among other things. 

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19. 

Italy reports 919 coronavirus deaths in one day, the largest single-day toll reported by any country.