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News by the Numbers: May 11–17

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News by the numbers

Stacker distills the week's news from around the world into key facts and figures. Click through to read more about some of the biggest headlines of the last week.

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House passes $3 trillion HEROES Act

On Friday, the House voted 208 to 199 to pass a fifth round of stimulus aid called the HEROES Act. The bill, totaling $3 trillion, prioritizes funding for state and local governments, essential workers, and those who are unemployed. The Republican-led Senate called the bill “dead on arrival.”


3 million more Americans file for unemployment

Another 2.98 million people filed for unemployment benefits the week ending May 9, bringing the total to 36.5 million, according to a weekly report from the Department of Labor.

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COVID-19 deaths top 90,000

Confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. topped 90,000—28% of the global total, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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5 New York State regions begin Phase 1 of reopening

Governor Cuomo announced last week that five New York State regions—Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country, and Central New York— may begin Phase 1 of reopening. In order to begin reopening, a region must meet seven key criteria.

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Average gas price rose 5 cents in 3 weeks

The average gas price in the U.S. rose 5 cents over the last three weeks to $1.97 per gallon. The increase comes after almost nine weeks of plummeting prices due to COVID-19. Industry analysts expect prices to rise steadily as more states lift stay-at-home orders.


Germany’s Bundesliga debuts first live soccer matches in 2 months

The Bundesliga—Germany’s premier soccer league—resumed play on Saturday with six live games—the first since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered professional sports in March. Notable differences to sport include empty stadiums, players and coaches in masks, and social distancing of inactive players not on traditional benches, but seated in the stadium.

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For the class of 2020, a virtual commencement

For many students, last weekend’s commencement ceremonies were anything but traditional. High schools and colleges across the country hosted virtual graduations due to COVID-19. With the virtual celebrations wrapped up, college graduates are entering one of the worst job markets in history.

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