Los Angeles – The state of Illinois lamented its first fatality due to the coronavirus on Tuesday when the country reached the hundred deaths caused by that pandemic, according to data reported by state authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ).
A Chicago-based woman in her 60s with pre-existing medical conditions today became the first person in the state to die after contracting the coronavirus, announced Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker.
Of the 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that state, about twenty originated from an asylum on the outskirts of Chicago, a situation similar to that experienced in Washington state.RELATED
In the country as a whole, more than 6,000 positive cases of contagion have been surpassed this Tuesday, on a day when West Virginia announced the first case of contagion in its territory.
Local measures for containment
After the White House recommended avoiding encounters with ten or more people, several state and local authorities announced on Tuesday measures to avoid crowds in closed places such as bars, restaurants, theaters, shopping centers and hairdressers, among others.
Among them, Miami-Dade County ordered all restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses to be closed as of Wednesday “until further notice,” while New Jersey Governor Phil Muphy announced a similar move. Statewide “until the current emergency is over.”
In addition, the city of New York on Tuesday asked its inhabitants to prepare for the possibility of being ordered to remain in their homes and announced that in the next 48 hours there could be a rule in that regard.
“For now there is no decision,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference to give the latest details on the evolution of the coronavirus crisis.
Trump promises aid checks
The government of President Donald Trump presented this Tuesday a huge fiscal stimulus package of nearly a trillion dollars, which includes the sending of “checks” with cash to citizens “immediately”, to contain the economic impact of the coronavirus.
“We are considering sending checks to Americans immediately … Americans need cash now,” said Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury secretary, at a press conference at the White House, outlining some of the proposals of the billionaire fiscal stimulus plan that he will present to Congress this day.
“And (by this) I mean in the next two weeks,” Mnuchin said, although he avoided giving a specific figure about the amount.
This plan would surpass the one launched to deal with the acute financial crisis of 2008 by the Administration of the then President, Barack Obama, of 700,000 million dollars.
Convincing young people is key
In the opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the United States needs a “dramatic decrease” in personal interaction to decrease the rate of contagion.
However, one of the main problems facing the country, according to Fauci, is the indifference of young people to the disease, which has already caused almost 8,000 deaths worldwide.
“Don’t argue ‘I’m young, I’m invulnerable.’ You don’t want to put your loved ones at risk. We can’t do this without young people cooperating with us,” Fauci said Tuesday at the White House, addressing the young.
“Please cooperate with us,” he added.