There are more than 370 cases reported, 21 of them on a cruise off the coast of California
The almost empty John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in NY shows the impact of flight cancellations by the coronavirus.
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MIAMI – The new COVID-19 coronavirus continues its propagation in the United States, where on Saturday there are already 19 deaths from this disease and more than 370 cases, 21 of them on a cruise that stays at sea in front of the Bay of San Francisco (California) with at least 3,500 people on board.
The Washington Department of Health announced today 16 deaths due to this disease, 15 of them in King County, the most populous and which records 71 cases out of the total of 102 that are counted in this northwestern state, the most contagious in the country, followed by California with almost 70 cases.
The others killed by the coronavirus in the US are registered in California, with a death, and in Florida, whose authorities reported Friday night of two deaths from this disease, two adults over 70 who contracted the virus after traveling abroad and that they constitute the first fatalities on the east coast of the country.
The health authorities of this state indicated that the deceased resided on the west coast of Florida, in Santa Rosa and Lee counties, and that the positive cases already add up to 14, five of them repatriated from abroad.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared on Saturday the state of emergency in this region to deal with the expansion of the coronavirus, which already affects 76 people, ten of whom are hospitalized.
Cuomo announced the ban on visiting senior centers in New Rochelle Township, located in Westchester County, north of New York City, and the place where the largest number of cases have been recorded.
The government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today maintains the number of 213 cases, but national media such as the New York Times or the WAB NEWS chain account for between 370 and 400, in an accounting in which in addition to the CDC figures add the data distributed by the different state governments.
States like Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska have reported their first cases of infected in the last 24 hours.
And although that number continues to increase, Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, said today from South Florida that the spread of the virus remains low.
While the risk to the average American of contracting the coronavirus remains low, it is essential that we find ways to mitigate that risk to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ”said Pence after a meeting with port managers and executives of cruise companies, affected by This global epidemic.
The vice president said his meeting at the port of Fort Lauderdale was to coordinate actions between the cruise industry, federal health agencies and port authorities to provide “passengers, communities and the country with safety and health.”
Adam Goldstein, global president of the International Association of Cruise Lines, noted the “commitment” of this industry to work “in close collaboration” with the Government to “go beyond” the prevention measures currently being implemented on board .
21 patients on a sea cruise
Precisely, the Grand Princess cruise ship, owned by the Carnival Corporation, remains this Saturday in Pacific waters about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the port of San Francisco, in northern California, after 21 coronavirus detection tests, two of them in passengers, will be positive.
Asked earlier about plans for those aboard Grand Princess cruise ship, Pres. Trump said “instead rather have them stay on, personally,” but had delegated authority.
“I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship.” pic.twitter.com/6fk76SSUBB
– ABC News (@ABC) March 6, 2020
Pence said today that efforts are being made so that the cruise can dock during this weekend in some non-commercial port, possibly military, and disembark the almost 2,500 passengers so that they can spend the quarantine period on land.
It is expected that the more than 1,100 crew members of this vessel will remain on board, which well into the afternoon of Friday was supplied with gloves and masks.
This week, a 71-year-old man who had been on a previous cruise trip in February died of COVID-19 in Placer County, California.
Through a statement, the Princess Cruises company reported today that a passenger of serious US nationality for a disease “unrelated to COVID-19” and his travel companion were landed through a US Coast Guard ship.