Deaths from coronavirus in the United States this Sunday approached the dark milestone of 10,000, while the epicenter of the epidemic in the country, New York State, registers more than 4,000 deaths and hospitals are preparing for the arrival of more infected. Meanwhile, the country’s governors called on President Donald Trump for a national strategy against the spread of COVID-19, and health authorities warned that next week could look like a time like Pearl Harbor or September 11.
Anthony Fauci, the scientist who advises Donald Trump on the pandemic, warned of an impending “escalation,” noting that Americans must prepare for “a bad week.” “I won’t say we have it under control,” he told CBS this Sunday. “That would be a false statement.” The administrator of public health in the United States, Jerome Adams, issued an even more serious warning.
“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week in the lives of most Americans, honestly,” he said on Fox News. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our September 11 moment, only it won’t have a location,” the health authority said. Adams added that Americans should continue to practice social distancing and stay home for at least 30 days.RELATED
As of this Sunday, April 5, 336,830 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the United States. Of these cases, 9,618 people have died and 17,977 have recovered. It is the country with the most cases in the world and the third with the most deaths.
Most of the country is under confinement, but nine of the 50 states that make up the United States. Those norms have not yet been issued, while the federal government has refused to take a directive at the national level. Against this backdrop, Adams pleaded with state leaders to ask residents to stay home for at least the next seven to 10 days. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part,” he said.
Persistent plateau? –
The death toll from coronavirus in New York, the most affected state, reached 4,159 this Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. It is the first time the daily count fell, after a record 630 deaths in 24 hours was recorded on Saturday, but the governor told reporters it was too early to know if it was the top of the curve.
The peak in New York could be reached next week, the governor said, although he also warned that it is not clear if after the turning point there will be a rapid decrease in infections or the infection curve will be a persistent plateau. “We won’t know until the next few days, whether it goes up or down,” Cuomo said. 122,031 confirmed infected have been reported in his state, about a tenth of the world population.
Andrew Cuomo said his goal is to move patients from overburdened hospitals to others with more capacity and equipment. “I can’t tell a hospital, we’ll send you all the supplies you need, all the fans you need. We don’t have them,” he said, referring to the team helping to save lives with respirators. “You are going to have to change and deploy yourself in different places.”
The New York governor said the rapid test, which is not yet within reach, is the key to “getting back to normal,” and again asked other states and the federal government to lend him key supplies such as respirators. Cuomo promised to return the favor when the virus spreads elsewhere, because states like New Jersey (New York’s neighbor and the second with the most cases), Michigan (the north of the country, the third) and Louisiana (to the south, the fifth) are emerging as new sources of contagion.
New York is the US state. most affected with 123,018 cases and 4,159 until Sunday, April 5. They are followed by New Jersey (37 thousand cases and 917 deaths), Michigan (15 thousand cases and 617 deaths), California (15 thousand cases and 348 deaths) and Louisiana (13 thousand cases and 477 deaths).
“All hands on the table” –
In a series of interviews this Sunday morning, governors from other states expressed alarm that the Donald Trump government has not offered a unified policy against the coronavirus. “Not having a national strategy where there is a policy for the country instead of a mosaic based on who the governor is, is something that I think is creating a more porous situation in which COVID-19 will last longer and more people will It will make him sick, “Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told Fox News.
“More lives can be lost … We are not enemies to each other,” added Whitmer. “The enemy is COVID-19. And they have to be all hands on the table, from the federal level to the state level, to the local level.” The day before, President Donald Trump had already said Saturday that the United States was entering “at a time that is going to be very horrendous” with “some really bad numbers.” “This will probably be the hardest week,” he said at the White House. “There will be many deaths.”
However, Donald Trump again said that the United States cannot always remain financially detained and continued to let states declare their own mitigation measures and confinement orders. In this regard, the Democratic Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker criticized the government for failing to better prepare the nation, allowing the virus to affect the United States as it has with Europe and China. “If they had started making respirators in February, preparing for this pandemic, we would not have the problems we have today and, frankly, far fewer people would die,” he told CNN.