Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as loss of life toll rises

The coronavirus continues to spread across the US, 17 March 2020Image copyright Noam Galai
Image caption New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio might order the town’s 8.5 million residents to “shelter in place”

The lethal coronavirus has now hit all 50 states within the US as West Virginia reported its first case of the an infection on Tuesday.

Announcing its first Covid-19 affected person, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice stated: “We knew this was coming.”

New York City stated it’s contemplating a lockdown just like one within the San Francisco Bay space.

There have thus far been nearly 6,000 confirmed circumstances of Covid-19 within the US and 105 deaths.

Globally there are about 200,000 circumstances and almost 8,000 folks have died.

What is New York City contemplating?

Mayor Bill de Blasio stated he would resolve inside two days whether or not to order the town’s 8.5 million residents to “shelter in place”.

Such a transfer might largely confine folks to their properties, whereas permitting them to make vital journeys to purchase groceries or drugs, stroll a canine or train so long as they keep away from public interplay.

“It’s a very, very difficult decision,” Mr de Blasio stated. “We’ve never been here before. I have never heard of anything like this in the history of New York City.”

Officials within the San Francisco Bay space have already ordered 6.7 million residents to remain residence for all however essentially the most essential outings till 7 April.

What position would possibly the US navy play?

US Vice-President Mike Pence stated the White House might name on the US navy to ascertain subject hospitals in virus sizzling zones if requested by state governors.

He instructed a White House information convention on Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers may very well be requested to arrange subject hospitals, often known as MASH (cell military surgical hospital) models, or assist increase present hospitals.

Pentagon chief Mark Esper stated the US navy would make obtainable 5 million respirator masks and as much as 2,000 ventilators to the US well being division.

He stated the navy would additionally open its 14 licensed coronavirus testing labs to check non-military personnel.

What are the opposite newest US developments?

On Tuesday, Florida joined 11 different states in closing bars and eating places in probably the most sedate St Patrick’s Day celebrations the US has marked in peacetime.

Organisers of the Kentucky Derby – America’s longest constantly held sports activities occasion – postponed the horse race till September.

It was the newest ceremony of spring to fall from the calendar due to the coronavirus, together with the Masters golf match, the March Madness basketball extravaganza and baseball season.

The nation’s largest enclosed purchasing centre, the Mall of America in Minnesota, stated it might shut till the tip of the month.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been ordered to make fewer arrests to keep away from jail crowding the place the virus might unfold.

Meanwhile, 22 folks have been contaminated with the respiratory sickness at a nursing residence in suburban Chicago.

How is President Trump responding?

President Donald Trump – who’s in search of re-election in November – instructed a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon that journey restrictions inside the US have been on the desk.

“You can do a national lockdown,” Mr Trump stated. “Hopefully, we’re not going to need that. It’s a very big step.”

His administration has sought greater than $1tn for a stimulus package, together with $50bn for hard-hit airways going through chapter.

He additionally defended his tweet on Monday calling the an infection the “Chinese virus”, which his critics stated was racist.

“It did come from China,” he instructed reporters.

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