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Coronavirus: US Reports Highest Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Overtakes Italy and China

Chayanika Das | March 28, 2020 16:23 hrs

GUWAHATI: The United States, on March 26, recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases overtaking Italy and China. It also reported a record surge in unemployment. Coronavirus has affected more than 5, 00,000 people worldwide leading to lockdowns in several countries. Majority of the Americans are blaming the President Donald Trump’s administration for their current crises. 

On March 26, USA reported more than 15,000 cases in just one day. More than 82,000 people in the US have been tested positive for COVID-19. It has overtaken Italy, which has reported the most deaths and China, where the virus was first detected. On March 26, China had reported 81,782 cases while Italy had reported 80,589 cases.

Citizens blame President Donald Trump for the current state

China contained the spreading of the virus by imposing lockdown that first started in Wuhan on January 23. It is slowly being lifted in stages. It has been reported that only a few cases are being confirmed each day in the country. If Trump does not take serious measure then soon millions of people in the country will be affected and round 81,000 deaths might be reported by July, according to a new detailed analysis from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

On March 26, leaders from the Group of 20 major economies held a crisis talk through a video conference and stated that “the virus respects no borders.”

“We are injecting over $5 trillion into the global economy, as part of targeted fiscal policy, economic measures, and guarantee schemes to counteract the social, economic and financial impacts of the pandemic,” they said.

US Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, on a television show, said that the United States "may well be in recession," but the progress in containing the spread of the virus will determine when the economy can fully reopen. US economy has fallen drastically with 3.28 million people being rendered unemployed. 

The world’s third most populous nation with 330 million residents, the US has failed to take the pandemic seriously. 

Early graduates join frontline workers

Since there are not enough doctors and nurses to treat the infected, several medical schools in Massachusetts and New York announced that they would offer early graduation to their fourth-year students, fast-tracking them into front-line hospital care.

The Grossman School of Medicine at New York University, on March 24, became the first in the United States to announce an offer of early graduation. After a request from the state of Massachusetts to help expand the medical workforce, medical schools at Tufts University, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts announced that they planned to move up their graduation dates to April from May. Harvard Medical School also mentioned that they are “actively considering” the same.

Measures taken by President Trump to control the spread of Coronavirus: 

On a conference call on Thursday, President Trump had rebuffed Gov. Jay Inslee’s plea for a more forceful response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report in the New York Times. Inslee had apparently urged Trump to take aggressive measures to mobilize private-sector manufacturers to produce critically-needed supplies to respond to the virus.Trump resisted and stated that the federal government had already offered significant aid to the state of Washington, which was initially the center of the outbreak in the US.

In a letter sent to the Governor on March 26, Trump revealed that the administration plans to publish new federal guidelines for states to make decisions about relaxing or enhancing the measures they have put in place in order tocontrol the spread of the coronavirus.

He further went on to say that the guidelines would categorize different parts of the country as “high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk.” The letter came days after Trump said he wanted to open the country by Easter for business.
 
Despite several warning by health officials about the worse being yet to come and lifting the lockdown prematurely will affect millions of people in the country.

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