The White House is soon to advise Americans living in coronavirus hotspots to wear cloth masks or scarves in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump said, “I don’t think it will be mandatory – if people want to wear them, they can.”
Residents of New York, the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States, were asked to cover their faces in public, but not to use surgical masks.
The death toll in the United States is at least 6,000.
New York City is the most affected region, with 1,562 deaths during the pandemic, reports Johns Hopkins University in its daily global report.
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are re-evaluating their advice on face masks as experts rush to find ways to fight the highly contagious virus.
Covid-19 is carried in airborne droplets of people who cough or sneeze, but there is a dispute over the distance people have to distance themselves from each other.
The WHO advises that ordinary face masks are only effective if they are combined with careful hand washing and social distancing, and so far they have generally not recommended them for healthy people.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday urged all New Yorkers to cover their faces outside and close to others.
“It could be a scarf. It could be something that you create yourself at home. It could be a bandana, “he said.
“It doesn’t have to be a professional surgical mask. In fact, we don’t want you to use the type of mask our first responders need. “
Dr. Deborah Birx, one of President Trump’s coronavirus advisers, has expressed caution regarding the general wearing of masks. “We don’t want people to have an artificial feeling of protection,” she said. “They are an additive. “
New York hospitals and morgues are struggling to cope with the pandemic.
An emergency field hospital is now in Central Park and another makeshift hospital is to be installed in the city’s Javits Center, a conference venue.
Most states in the United States have issued “stay at home” orders, detaining more than 75% of Americans.
More than a million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Nearly 53,000 people have died and more than 210,000 have recovered.
In other developments:
- The official death toll in Spain has been 932 in the past 24 hours – just below Thursday’s figure. Spain, with 10,932 deaths so far, is the most affected country after Italy for deaths
USS Commander Theodore Roosevelt was sacked after saying that the US Navy was not doing enough to stop an outbreak of coronavirus on board the aircraft carrier
- Cruise ship Zaandam, with dozens of sick passengers on board, docked in Florida after several South American countries refused to accept it
- The World Bank approved a $ 160 billion (£ 130 billion) disbursement plan of 15-month emergency aid to help countries hit by the pandemic
- French authorities have tightened police controls to prevent anyone from trying to go on vacation this weekend before Easter
- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the target was 100,000 tests a day in England at the end of April as government plans were criticized
- 4,000-bed emergency field hospital in London’s ExCel center slated to open on Friday
Overall, the United States has the most Covid-19 cases – more than 245,000. On Thursday, US officials said more than 1,000 people have died in the past 24 hours – the highest daily toll at this day in the world.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned New York may run out of respirators for patients in six days.
The White House ordered automakers to move quickly to the production of fans.
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