Trump signs Covid relief bill into law

US President Donald Trump has signed a 900-billion-dollar coronavirus pandemic relief package into law, marking a turnaround from his threat to block it.

The White House announced the move on Sunday.

Congress approved the bill last week. It includes 600-dollar payments for individual Americans.

Trump blasted the package, saying the amount should be raised to 2,000 dollars.

On Sunday, he said in a statement, "As President of the United States it is my responsibility to protect the people of our country from the economic devastation and hardship that was caused by the China Virus."

Trump says he will keep urging Congress to raise the payout amount to 2,000 dollars.

The package includes provisions that will extend unemployment benefits and financial support for small and mid-sized firms. The measures were set to expire at the end of this month.

It also includes a budget for government spending through September, averting a looming government shutdown.