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Washington – The United States closed yesterday a horrendous month in which close to a million cases of coronavirus were corroborated, at least 58,000 people died from the disease and millions lost their jobs.
When April began, there were about 186,151 confirmed cases of the novel virus in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).RELATED
Last night, there were about 1.1 million known cases of COVID-19 in the United States, a third of the 3.3 million confirmed worldwide.
As of April 1, the total known deaths were 4,780. According to Johns Hopkins University, the total deaths from the coronavirus hovered around 62,800 last night.
The United States is the country with the most cases and deaths from the coronavirus, and the sixth per capita, after Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Italy. “I think we did a spectacular job,” President Donald Trump said yesterday, speaking on different issues at the White House.
Along with the health emergency, the coronavirus has sparked an economic crisis that has nearly a fifth of the US workforce out of work.
According to the most recent data from the federal government, in the first five weeks after the coronavirus emergency declaration – 3.8 million last week – 30.3 million people have applied for unemployment assistance.
The American workforce was a month and a half ago of 161 million people. 18.6% of that total is in unemployment.
“It is clear that Congress must do more to help those hurt by the economic impacts of our fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” said Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Although the lower house will not be in session again next week, due to the cases in Washington D.C. They are still on the rise, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next economic stimulus bill, which they insist must include a game to save the finances of state and local governments, should be around trillion dollars.
Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, oppose a new allocation to state and local governments – which received $ 150 billion from the Cares economic stimulus bill – to fund non-coronavirus-related spending. .
“States like New York are asking for billions in unrestricted aid, not just money for coronavirus recovery, but also for pre-existing state debt and programs,” said a group of Republican senators led by Rick Scott (Florida).
This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose healthcare system has had to deal with America’s worst coronavirus emergency, questioned Republicans like Scott saying that “they” want “us” to rescue them.
“Who are they? Who are we? ”Cuomo questioned, stressing that his state contributes $ 29 billion more to the federal Treasury each year than what it receives.
In New York, as of Wednesday, there were still more than 900 hospitalizations and over 300 deaths a day from the novel virus.
As part of the first four response projects, Congress has allocated nearly $ 2.7 trillion to stimulate the economy or increase the capacity of the United States health system to respond to the emergency.
Although the Senate will reconvene Monday to consider appointments, the lower house will not return until there is an agreement on the next economic stimulus bill, Pelosi said.
Meanwhile, local officials from several states demanded again yesterday – on the eve of the day when many make their payments – a moratorium on the payment of mortgages and rents.
“Anything other than rent cancellation imposes the heaviest burden on people least able to bear it: the same people who are already being disproportionately affected by the pandemic; and working-class communities of color. I think that would be absolutely immoral, ”said Hartford, Connecticut City Councilman Josh Michtom.
Searching for a vaccine
As 31 states ease restrictions on citizens and business this week to begin a slow and gradual reopening of the economy, federal epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has insisted that a new outbreak of the coronavirus in the fall or winter is inevitable.
But, it also gave hope yesterday that by the beginning of 2021 there may be a vaccine against the disease.
Fauci affirmed that, at the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases that he directs, he works with the goal of achieving a coronavirus vaccine by next January.
“We want to move quickly, but we want to make sure it is safe and effective. I think it is feasible if things fall in the right place, “said Fauci, in an interview with NBC.
Bloomberg News reported that the search for the vaccine has been dubbed “Warp Speed” and includes the federal government, not pharmaceutical companies, bearing the financial risk of these tests.
For weeks, Dr. Fauci has indicated that developing a vaccine, at best, can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. The date of next January would be the earliest moment of that optimistic estimate of the federal epidemiologist.
On Wednesday, Fauci also expressed hope with initial tests of the drug remdesivir, from the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, as a treatment against the coronavirus.
In a study involving 1,063 hospitalized patients, remdesivir shortened recovery time by 31%, meaning that those who managed to overcome the disease did so on average 11 days compared to 15 days for those who received the regular medical treatment.