USA President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Wyoming in response to coronavirus, making the current pandemic the 1st time in history that every state in the country is under a federal disaster declaration simultaneously.
In response to coronavirus, this is the 55th disaster declaration issued.
In the USA, all 50 states plus the USA Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have all received a federal disaster declaration.
The USA has suffered more confirmed coronavirus deaths than any other country, and on Saturday was poised to soon reach 20,577 COVID-19 fatalities.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins had tallied 5,34,494 confirmed USA cases. Spain followed with 1,66,019 and Italy ranked 3rd in confirmed cases, at 1,52,271. There have been 30,548 reported recoveries in the USA, the researchers also said.
Worldwide coronavirus deaths now total 108,167. Confirmed cases have reached 1,765,030. Recorded worldwide recoveries total 396,693.
By Saturday evening, Johns Hopkins University’s tally of USA COVID-19 fatalities was at 19,877. Italy followed with 19,468. The USA was also the 1st country to report 2,000 deaths in a single day, with 2,108 people dying in the previous 24 hours.
New York, the hardest-hit USA state, saw 783 deaths on Friday, raising the total to 8,627, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany, the state capital and said, “That is not an all-time high, and you can see that the numbers are somewhat stabilizing – but it is stabilizing at a horrific rate.”
New York Times published a shocking report on Saturday, describing Donald Trump’s repeated failures over several months to take the coronavirus crisis seriously, and how the president’s doubt about the Deep State “colored” his response even as the death toll began to rise.
The USA coronavirus crisis is widely recognized to have been worsened by slow federal responses and patchwork state-level approaches.
“The drawbacks of the Trump’s performance have played out with remarkable transparency as part of his daily effort to dominate television screens and the national conversation,” referring to the president’s rambling and falsehood-ridden press informing from the White House, which even Republican allies believe are hurting his popularity.
Judd Deere is a White House spokesman who said in a statement: “While the media and Democrats refused to seriously acknowledge this virus in January and February, President Trump took bold action to protect Americans.”
White House task force public health expert Dr. Deborah Birx said on Friday, there were signs the outbreak was stabilizing but warned: “We have not reached the peak.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top USA expert on infectious diseases, recently said the USA outbreak would approach its end when new infections numbered almost zero, with the number of deaths close behind.
Dr. Fauci said that he believes that in a few months, hopefully, that they will get it under control enough that it won’t be as frightening as it is now, but it will not be an absent threat.
Fauci was asked on MSNBC on Friday that the presidential election in November might be affected. The doctor said that was not his area of expertise and replied: “I would hope that by November we would have things under such control that we could have a real degree of normality.”
Interrogations about the status quo are especially fueled by the stalled USA economy, as coronavirus-related business closures and slowdowns have caused 16 million people to lose their jobs.
Trump has urged for a reopening of the economy and reportedly hopes to do so by May. He has also qualified this hope somewhat, saying at Friday’s briefing: “I want to get it open as soon as possible … I would love to open it. I’m not determined.”
Trump is supposed to announce a council of medical and business leaders to assist him with the “biggest decision I’ve ever had to make”: when to reopen America for business amid a global pandemic.
Cuomo also addressed questions about reopening the economy in his briefing on Saturday “This is no time for politics,” he said.
Andrew Cuomo said, “You start to hear this dialogue on reopening, and you start to hear people with political theories on whether we should open faster, whether we should reopen sooner.”
“That is harmful and destructive – and if we don’t stop it, it will feed on itself. We don’t know if there’s going to be a 2nd wave or not,” said Cuomo.
Health experts have alerted that prematurely lifting stay-at-home restrictions could prompt a “deadly resurgence” of coronavirus.