Covid-19: Trump declares New York a major disaster area after 8.3k cases
Hotels, stadiums, and parking lots are being converted to hospitals and clinics, and the Army and National Guard are being deployed as the virus threatens to invade inadequate infrastructure in parts of the country, particularly New York City, which is described as the epicenter of the outbreak.
President Trump declared the state a major disaster zone on Friday after infections doubled in 24 hours, allowing the state access to the $ 42 billion fund from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is the first time in the history of the United States that a president has declared a major disaster because of a threat to public health.
The US Army Corps of Engineers. USA It is being deployed to convert hotels and university residences into clinics as lines are reported outside some New York hospitals. The role of the military in the crisis expands by the hour, as the civil infrastructure cannot cope with the projections.
Meanwhile, in yet another instance of how close the virus is to power centers with the potential to weaken decision-making, an unidentified staff member of Vice President Mike Pence was diagnosed with the Covid-19 infection. His office said the person had no close contact with the president or vice president, but that contacts are being followed up according to CDC guidelines.
President Trump is said to be considering expanding the now-imposed blockade in California, New York and Illinois to a two-week national quarantine if the situation becomes even more serious. If that happens, only grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open and all nonessential establishments will be closed. Already, non-critical restaurants, cinemas, bars, gyms, and other operations are closed across much of the East Coast and West Coast.
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A country that has wallowed in excess for decades and is synonymous with consumer waste is discovering that it does not produce and cannot access enough masks, gloves, and fans to meet rising demand. There have been shocking reports of doctors and nurses being asked to reuse and recycle masks and gloves, posing an additional danger.
As has been his custom, the president played down the crisis and initially dismissed the need for a nationwide refuge, saying the situation was not as dire in Central America as it was in California and New York. But there are strong reminders that it was precisely the assumptions so presumed that the United States would remain unscathed that has led to the current crisis.
It now follows that like September 11 and the 2008 economic collapse, Washington had many warnings and red flags about the impending Covid-19 crisis even as the virus spread beyond China. According to reports, US intelligence agencies. USA They have issued classified ominous warnings about the global danger posed by the pandemic, but President Trump and US lawmakers. USA They minimized the threat, in the registry. At least four lawmakers have reportedly sold their shares after being informed of the threat, and one of them went as far as minimizing the threat to the public while capitalizing on it.
According to some accounts, attendees struggled to get Trump to focus on the issue, even as he prepared for a state visit to India on February 23.
“Coronavirus is highly controlled in the United States. We are in touch with each and every relevant country. CDC and World Health have been working hard and very smartly. The Stock Market is starting to look great for me.” he wrote on Twitter. February 24, even when he landed in Gujarat for the “Namaste Trump” rally, would be his last trip abroad in a long time.
“You have 15 people [in the US w/coronavirus], and the 15 within a couple of days will drop to near zero, “Trump said on February 26 upon his return to Washington DC from India. As of this weekend, there were more than 15,000 cases in the United States. and more than 150 deaths.
Trump also repeatedly praised and defended China and its leader, against the tone he is now adopting. “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” he tweeted on January 24. “The United States greatly appreciates your efforts and transparency. Everything will work out. In particular, on behalf of the American people, I want to thank President Xi!”
On Friday, the President of the United States scrapped the G-7 in-person meeting scheduled at Camp David. Instead, the meeting would be a teleconference, to keep up with the times of the coronavirus.