Senators will grill top health officials; Trump claims U.S. has ‘prevailed’ with coronavirus testing

During a much-anticipated hearing on Tuesday, top federal health officials will be grilled on whether the country is ready to reopen with Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert, expected to warn against premature reopening. The line of questioning from Democratic senators will focus on problems in the testing supply chain, workplace safety standards for businesses that opt to reopen, and why key steps to contain the coronavirus pandemic weren’t taken earlier.

President Trump claimed at a Monday news conference that the United States has “prevailed” in testing more people for coronavirus infections than any other nation. But countries such as Italy, Germany and Canada have tested a much larger share of their populations.

Hyatt plans to slash 1,300 jobs amid the dismal prospects for business and leisure travel resuming any time soon.

Layoffs will begin on June 1, the company said in a Monday statement. Those losing their jobs will be eligible for severance pay and can apply for additional help from an employee assistance fund.

All corporate employees are having their hours cut or pay temporarily reduced, the company said. Hyatt’s senior management and board members are taking extended salary reductions.

Hyatt is not the only hotel group facing severe cutbacks. Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, announced in March that it would furlough roughly two-thirds of its corporate workforce. The economic impact from the coronavirus has been nine times worse for the travel industry than the 9/11 attacks, according to data released last month by the U.S. Travel Association, and the United States is expected lose 4.6 million travel-related jobs this year.