The death toll in New York State was 1,941 due to the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference, an increase of 391 deaths. In the previous 24 hours, the number of discharges across the state was almost at the level of new hospitalizations, but there are more than 12,200 coronavirus-related hospitalizations in New York, with just over 3,000 of they are intensive care patients.
While hot spots have erupted across the country in places like New Orleans, Detroit, and southern California, New York has been hit the hardest, accounting for the majority of state deaths, with bodies loaded into morgue trucks refrigerated by overwhelmed hospital trucks and forklifts, in some cases at the sight of passing motorists. And the worst is yet to come.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is considering a plan to stop flights to the coronavirus hot spots in the United States as he struggles to contain a pandemic that is expected to kill at least 100,000 people.
“We are certainly looking at it, but once you do that, you are really limiting an industry that is desperately needed,” Trump said at a White House press conference.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the United States National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said at the same briefing that a vaccine would “be a game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19 and added that it should have a vaccine on the market in one year to 18 months.
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The New York Department of Health announced Tuesday evening that nearly 1,100 people had died from the virus in the city. The development came just over five days after the United States as a whole recorded more than 1,000 deaths.
Data released by the city shows that Brooklyn and Queens have the highest number of cases among the city’s five boroughs, although per capita, the Bronx has recorded the most deaths.
The city’s ambulance system and police are under increasing stress as a result of the pandemic, with nearly a quarter of the city’s emergency medical workers being sick, according to the fire department. A total of 2,800 members of the fire department are excluded, including about 950 of the city’s 4,300 emergency workers.
Almost 16% of the uniformed force of the New York Police Department is now ill. Over 1,000 agents have tested positive for the virus.
In New York, at least 78,000 people have volunteered for medical reinforcement, state officials said. The group includes recent retirees who are ready to return to work, health professionals who can take a break from their regular jobs, and people between concerts.
Few have already arrived on the ground, as authorities have examined them and figured out how to use them, but hospitals are expected to start bringing them out later this week.
Health workers who have already touched the field, many of whom have been recruited by recruitment agencies, have discovered that a hospital system is overwhelmed.
“I have never seen so many people in an emergency room at any time in my life,” said Liz Schaffer, a nurse from St. Paul, Minnesota, who did her first shift on Tuesday. at Mount Sinai Hospital. “From shoulder to shoulder. It’s a sight I never thought I would see. Patients die every day. Every day. “
Authorities are rushing to build temporary hospitals in places such as Central Park, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a cruise ship terminal, and a sports complex to cope with an expected wave of patients.
The hardest weeks ahead: Trump
While New York and a few other hot spots have captured most of the attention, Trump warned the Americans on Tuesday to prepare for “a two-week hell” ahead as the White House predicted there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic even if the current physical distance guidelines are maintained.
“This is going to be one of the toughest two or three weeks we have ever had in our country,” said Trump. “We will lose thousands of people. “
Public health officials said on Tuesday that the number could be lower if people across the country tried to keep their distance from each other.
“We really think we can do a lot better than this,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus task force. This would force all Americans to take their role in preventing the spread of disease seriously, she said.
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The breathtaking projections were presented during a dark two-hour briefing at the White House.
“We continue to see things go up,” said Fauci. “We cannot be discouraged by this because mitigation really works and will work. “
On Wednesday, US surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams said parts of the country are likely to continue with these restrictions until May. “Well, it will be for some places, it will not be for others, depending on where they are on their curve,” he told ABC. Hello america.
Elsewhere in the United States, federal, state and local authorities have attempted to end a deadlock over whether two cruise ships with sick or dead passengers could dock in Port Everglades, Florida. Among the passengers in limbo, there are several Canadians. Two deaths have been attributed to the virus and nine people have tested positive, said cruise line Holland America.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that state, federal and county officials have been in contact with each other and with cruise lines to try to reach a resolution, which he says he should arrive soon.
DeSantis also said he was making a statewide home stay order at midnight after consulting with Trump and White House advisers, who said that Americans should stay at home throughout the month. ‘April.
Federal and local pressure had intensified on the governor to abandon his previous county-by-county approach.
More than 30 other states have already issued such orders, including other large states such as California, New York and Illinois. They all acted more than a week ago.
In southern California, officials have reported that more than 50 residents of a nursing home east of Los Angeles have been infected and two have died. Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa was told that all of its patients were infected with the virus, health officials said.
Birx said Tuesday that the experiences of Washington State and California as a whole gave him hope that other states could keep the coronavirus under control through physical distance. Indeed, they acted quickly to contain the first clusters of cases by closing schools, urging people to work from home, prohibiting large gatherings and taking other measures now familiar to most Americans, a- she noted.
“I am reassured by watching the Seattle line,” she added. “California and Washington State reacted to this situation very early on. Many other states and local governments have already put in place tight controls on mobility and gatherings.
The virus, which causes COVID-19, causes mild symptoms in many infected people, but it can cause severe symptoms or death for some, including the elderly and those with conditions underlying such as respiratory conditions.