The death toll in the United States from coronavirus has skyrocketed in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of Americans killed by the virus to 5,000.
New deaths in the United States reached 5,139 at the end of Wednesday and new infections increased to 216,553.
The death toll in the United States is now overshadowing the number of deaths officially reported in China (3,309), where the outbreak first appeared in December.
While the death toll in Italy (13,155) and Spain (9,387) is even higher, the United States has eclipsed confirmed cases from the hardest-hit European countries, Italy (110,574) and l ‘Spain (104,118) reporting only about half the number of infections.
New York State continues to bear the brunt of the US crisis, with 2,229 deaths and the state’s health care system weakening under demand.
The number of new cases in the state – which has often been described as the epicenter of the American pandemic – has reached 7,974 and the total number of infections has exceeded 83,712.
Michigan now has the third highest death toll in the country after reporting an increase in its numbers in the past two days.
The state’s death toll reached 337 Wednesday evening, with more than 9,300 cases confirmed.
New Jersey is second behind New York with 355 deaths and 22,255 infections.
New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances, and to park refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.
The neighborhoods outside of Manhattan were the hardest hit, according to a New York Department of Health map that breaks down the city’s coronavirus cases by postal code until March 31.
The map revealed that the city’s poorest neighborhoods are the hardest hit by the pandemic, while wealthy New Yorkers like Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Heights are not infected at the same level.
Elmhurst and Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, the South Bronx and East New York in Brooklyn have the largest number of neighborhoods in the city.
In Rockaway, Queens, 436 tested positive among the community living in social housing in Far Rockaway, but on the other side of the island, residents of their $ 1 million homes in Belle Harbor than 143 cases.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drafted some support on Wednesday, appointing controversial NYPD commissioner James O’Neill to the city’s COVID-19 Senio adviser.
Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, de Blasio introduced O’Neill as his “senior advisor helping us fight this battle against the coronavirus” and said that the former cop would be responsible for ensuring that hospitals and city health professionals have the supplies they need to fight the growing pandemic.
His responsibilities will include working with city hall and other agencies to maintain a strong supply chain and healthcare workers in hospitals.
De Blasio also warned New Yorkers that “the toughest weeks are ahead” and again hammered out April 5 as the city’s “D-Day”.
Sunday has been touted as the day when the city runs out of essential medical supplies as they currently exist.
“April 5 is a crucial date, crucial for New York,” he said at the press conference.
“As we prepare for a real upsurge, as I enter the specific numbers, I want to emphasize how much effort has already been made. it’s incredible. How many people have already come together to provide support. The most difficult weeks are yet to come.
New York City needs 3.3 million N95 masks, 2.1 million surgical masks, 100,000 gowns and 400 ventilators by Sunday, de Blasio said.
At least 2,500 additional ventilators are needed for the health system to cope with the expected surge in cases next week.
“We have to make sure it happens on time. These are all very, very important, ”said de Blasio.
In New York State, the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and full medical staff, arrived in the city on Monday. It will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients to free up space in city hospitals.
Field hospitals have also been set up in Central Park, the Javits Center and even in hotels like the Plaza and St Regis. The indoor tennis center that hosts the US Open tournament is also being converted into a hospital.
MAkeshift morgues have been set up in various hospitals in the city as the death toll continues to rise and health workers are struggling to keep track of the body count.
Other states are also starting to see an increase in cases.
Connecticut confirmed the youngest known killer virus victim in the world on Wednesday after a six-week-old baby died from a coronavirus.
The child was taken to hospital last week with no response and could not be resuscitated.
A COVID-19 patient arrives at a field hospital built by the Christian humanitarian organization Samaritans Purse in Central Park, New York, April 1
Volunteers from the international Christian relief organization Samaritans Purse have set up an emergency field hospital for patients with coronavirus in Central Park, across Fifth Avenue from Mount. Sinai Hospital Tuesday
Plastic-wrapped body unloaded from refrigerated truck and handled by medical workers wearing personal protective equipment due to concerns related to COVID-19
Their death was announced on Wednesday by Connecticut governor Ned Lamont, saying he believed the infant was the youngest victim “anywhere.”
“It is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first pediatric death in Connecticut related to # COVID-19.
“A 6-week-old baby from the Hartford area was brought unanswered to the hospital last week and could not be resuscitated.
“Tests confirmed last night that the newborn was positive for COVID-19,” said Lamont.
President Donald Trump warned Americans to prepare for “a hell of two weeks to come” because the White House predicted that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States, even though current guidelines in terms of social distancing are maintained.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said six-week-old baby died of the virus, making it the youngest victim in the world
Trump called “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines and predicted that the country would soon see a “light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I want every American to be prepared for the tough days ahead,” said Trump on Tuesday. “This is going to be one of the most difficult two or three weeks we have ever had in our country … We are going to lose thousands of people. “
The breathtaking projections were presented as officials described a toll which, in the best of cases, would probably be greater than the 53,000 American lives lost during the First World War. The top of the range model was approaching the realm of the possibility that the Americans lost to the virus could approach the 291,000 Americans killed on the battlefield during World War II.
Dr. Tony Fauci, the country’s leading virus expert, called the figures “disappointing” and urged the Americans to “step on the gas” in their collective efforts to mitigate the problem.
Trump’s comments came after announcing on Sunday that he was extending the social distancing guidelines until April 30, which advise Americans to stop large gatherings, work from home, suspend on-site learning in schools. schools and more in a national effort to stem the spread of the virus.
It was a brutal reversal for Trump, who spent much of the past week targeting April 12 as the day he wanted Americans to “pack up” for Easter Sunday services.
The latest data on cases and deaths comes from John Hopkins University.
The count indicates that 3,309 people died from the virus in China.
However, experts and politicians have questioned the figures from China and have even accused the country of lying and concealing key information at virtually every stage of its response to the coronaviruses.
Dr. Tony Fauci, the country’s leading virus expert, painted a bleak picture for Americans on Tuesday when he warned that people should be prepared for 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump warned Americans to prepare for a “two-week hell” because the White House predicted that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States, even though current guidelines of social distancing are maintained
Beijing first tried to cover up the virus by punishing the doctors who discovered it, denying that it could spread from person to person and delaying the locking of affected regions – which means that early opportunities to control the spread were lost.
Then, once the virus started to spread, the Communist Party began to censor public information about it and spread disinformation abroad – suggesting, among other things, that American troops could have been the primary carriers.
Even now, prominent politicians have warned that the regime’s reported infection and death totals are likely to be wrong – residents of the Wuhan epicenter suggesting that the true tolls may be ten times higher.
Chinese health officials admitted on Tuesday that more than 1,500 cases of the virus involving asymptomatic people have not been reported before.
Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and more than 40,000 have died, according to count from Johns Hopkins University.
DO CHINA FIGURES ADD?
China has lied and concealed key information at virtually every stage of its response to coronaviruses – from the initial epidemic to the number of cases and deaths, and is still not telling the truth, warned observers, experts and politicians.
Here, the Mail Online analysis of Beijing’s actions reveals the great concealment of China’s figures:
China has reported a total of some 82,000 coronavirus infections, recently declaring zero household infection rates for several days straight – although it has eased the lockdown restrictions in places like Hubei.
But, admittedly, the virus is probably still spreading – through people who have little or no symptoms.
Beijing-based outlet Caixin reported that “two to more than 10 cases of secret virus infection are detected every day” in China, although they do not appear in the official data.
Meanwhile, foreign governments have looked down on reports of infections in China cannot be trusted.
Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican senator and former presidential candidate, tweeted that “we have NO IDEA of the number of cases in China” after the total infection in the United States has exceeded Beijing official figure.
“Without a doubt, it is much more than they admit,” he added.
Meanwhile, the British government has also questioned China’s reports, with the Conservative minister and former prime minister Michael Gove saying the Communist Party cannot be trusted.
“Some reports from China were not clear on the scale, nature, infectivity of this [virus] “He told the BBC.
Meanwhile, sources told the Mail that the real total of infections in China could be up to 40 times higher than reports had suggested.
Doubts have also been expressed about the number of Chinese deaths attributable to the virus, which currently stands at around 3,300.
Residents of the Wuhan epicenter have been keeping an eye on funeral homes since the lockdown restrictions were partially lifted, saying they are “working around the clock” to dispose of the bodies.
Social media posts estimate that 3,500 urns are distributed daily by crematoriums, while Caixin reports that a city funeral home has placed an order for 5,000 urns.
Residents believe that efforts to dispose of the bodies began on March 23, and city officials said the process would end on or around April 5.
This would mean approximately 42,000 ballot boxes distributed during this period, ten times the figure shown.
Virus expert says 50 states must be locked at the same time, otherwise coronavirus curve will not flatten and predicts social distancing will continue for another 10 weeks – because Bill Gates warns failure of closure is a “recipe for disaster”
It comes as a virus expert said that all 50 states in the United States must be locked at the same time to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Virologist Dr. Joseph Fair said the whole country needs to better follow social distancing guidelines and implement lockouts after the brutal US government projection that there could be between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
Public health officials have pointed out that the death toll could be lower if people across the country respected strict social distancing.
In an interview with NBC Today On Wednesday, Dr. Fair said insisting on social distancing is a “moot point” unless the whole country is blocked.
Virologist Dr. Joseph Fair (left) said the entire country must be locked at the same time to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Bill Gates of Microsoft (right), who in 2015 predicted that the world would soon be facing a pandemic, said breaking a national lockout was “recipe for disaster”
“Until the 50 states do it and they all do it at the same time, it’s kind of a moot point,” he said.
Dr. Fair said the government’s latest projections were “better scenarios” if everyone did the same to help stop the spread of the virus.
“This will only happen if the 50 states do the same thing,” he said. “This is why I really urge the Association of Governors to come together – everyone is on the same page about what they are going to do and everyone is applying the same measures.”
He said that if all states initiate a home stay order, social distancing should continue for 10 weeks.
“Realistically, I think it’s going to last 6 to 10 weeks. This is if everyone starts today, “said Dr. Fair.
“If not everyone does it, there will always be people who will spread it. There are things we are going to have to do – we have to go to the grocery store, we have to go to the pharmacy. There are people who work in hospitals. But we can all do our part and everyone must do it. I think the police should be involved until such time as strict distancing measures are put in place. “
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who in 2015 predicted that the world would soon be facing a pandemic, said breaking a nationwide lockout was “recipe for disaster” “
Gates said in a Washington Post article on Tuesday that the United States had already “missed the opportunity to move forward,” but said it was not too late for people to start. to mitigate.
Like Dr. Fair, Gates said the United States needed a “nationwide consistent approach to close” in order to stop the spread.
“Despite pressing requests from public health experts, some states and counties have not completely closed down. In some states, the beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals. This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state borders, so can the virus. The leaders of the country must be clear: a stop everywhere means a stop everywhere, ”said Gates.
He said no one should continue as usual or relax during the shutdown, saying it could take 10 weeks for infection and death rates to start decreasing.
“The choices we and our leaders make now will have a huge impact on how quickly the number of cases starts to drop, how long the economy closes and how many Americans will have to bury a loved one,” he wrote.
Currently, an estimated 265 million Americans are now staying at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
However, some states still refuse to order the foreclosure of the governor of Missouri by insisting that it is “individual responsibility”. Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming currently have no county or municipal lockout measures.
About 265 million Americans have now been ordered to stay at home to fight the spread of the coronavirus, but some states still refuse to order the foreclosure.
More than 80% of the American population is in detention after the governors of Arizona and Tennessee joined other states to issue house arrest orders starting Tuesday – the same day as the number of dead in the United States overshadowed China.
On Tuesday, 32 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico were all locked out, residents required to stay at home except for essential workers or go out for essential needs such as buying groceries or researching medical care.
The home orders states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina – as well as the territory of Guam – have no home orders but have closed all non-essential businesses.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey finally seemed to bow under pressure on Monday and signed an executive order requiring all residents to stay at home from March 31 to April 30 at least.
But several states have yet to take such measures, which experts say is crucial to slowing the spread of the pandemic.
Surgeon General says 30-day lockout will be long enough to stop coronavirus in some states, but not everywhere, as he warns the public to leave precious N-95 masks to healthcare workers
The US Surgeon General said Wednesday that 30 days of social distancing would be long enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus in some places but not everywhere.
In an interview on Good Morning America, surgeon general Jerome Adams also warned the public not to use precious N-95 surgical masks in light of an update from the CDC that he plans to advise everyone to wear a face covering when they go out.
“The original 15 days were designed to slow the spread and give us some time to reassess.
“We have learned good things and bad things. No state has been spared, but when you look at places like Washington and California that have greatly reduced social distancing, they have been able to flatten their curve.
“We see this as an opportunity for the whole country to say, if we do these things, we can flatten the curve. “
When asked if 30 days would be enough, he replied, “It will be for some places. It will not be for the others, depending on where they are on their curve.
General surgeon Jerome Adams appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to advise on the length of instructions; it will vary across the country
The CDC initially said that only people with symptoms should wear the mask when out. Now the government is weighing in to advise everyone to wear one, even if it has no symptoms, to avoid spreading the deadly virus.
Dr. Adams, however, says that does not mean that the public should rush to buy the coveted N-95 surgical-grade masks that are rare in hospitals across the country.
“These should only be used by healthcare workers and the public can use other items to cover their faces. We discovered this disease. We have learned that there is a good amount of asymptomatic spread and that wearing masks will or may not prevent transmission to other people, “he said.
“But that cannot be done at the expense of social isolation. The most important thing for people to do is stay at home. The last point I would make is that if you are wearing a face cover, you still do not need an N-95 mask and if you take one you may be removing it from the hands of a professional. the health that desperately needs it to care for patients.
President Trump has now suggested that people should wear scarves to cover their faces when they go out.
“You could get a mask, but most people have scarves and the scarves are very good and they can use a scarf and we are only talking about a limited period of time,” he said on Tuesday.