As the world grapples with the increasing number of coronavirus deaths, the death toll in the United States is now over 5,000. In the last 24 hours, 884 deaths from the virus have been recorded which include a six-week-old baby. The death of this six-week-old Connecticut baby is believed to be the youngest victim of the virus in America.
In the United States, 215,344 positive cases have been confirmed. This is now the highest number than in any other country in the world. China, where the virus originated, is now experiencing a flattening curve as new cases decrease. Italy, the most affected European country having have confirmed 110,574 cases, has also recorded the 13,155 deaths from the virus.
Protective equipment and medical supplies are almost exhausted in the United States. There is now competition between the federal government and individual U.S. states for this safety equipment.
In the meantime, the Trump administration says it can purchase adequate safety equipment and has earmarked $ 16 billion for it. This comes after various state and local officials have complained about inadequate protective equipment such as a mask and gowns. They have also complained about the lack of ventilators that are to help the infected in breathing.
Vice President Mike Pence has warned that the US is moving similarly to Italy. This is the case after the number of cases has increased by 25,000 in a single day. New York City, the nation’s worst affected, has confirmed over 47,000 positive cases with over 1,300 deaths from the virus.
Officials are now predicting that more than 240,000 people will die from this virus, even if the mitigation measures are in place.
And with the fact that, New York City, the second-largest city with the highest number of confirmed cases in the United States, has been home to a large population of low-income workers, it makes hard to enforce mitigation measures to maximum.
Most of its people has been very dependent on the service sector and their way of stay make it impossible to practice social distancing to its best.
New York City Health and Hospital Director, Dr. Mitchell Katz said several families in the city are leaving in a very small apartment. This makes it difficult to practice social distancing and the reason why there are high cases in the city.
By Sunday, the city was in need of 2.1 million surgical masks, 400 ventilators, and 100,000 surgical gowns, as the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, claimed. Also, he warned that April would be worse than March and that the total number of hospital beds would have to triple to at least 65,000.
Elsewhere in US, the cases also flare-up. In New Orleans, a jazz pianist, teacher, and father of a musician, Branford, and Wynton Marsalis, died from complications that arose after being infected with covid19.
And Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are the latest state to issue a blocking order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.