The United States could become the next epicenter of the coronavirus, says WHO

GENEVA / TOKYO (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which eventually forced reluctant organizers to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Britain joined the ranks of bloc countries to try to detain the virus, and data showed that commercial activity collapsed from Australia, Japan and Western Europe at a record pace in March, with the United States expecting it to be equally terrible.

“The coronavirus epidemic represents a serious external shock to the macro outlook, similar to a large-scale natural disaster,” said analysts at the BlackRock Investment Institute.

But amid the sadness of the harvest, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the virus was first identified in December, said it would lift travel restrictions for people leaving the region as the epidemic subsides.

Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 377,000 in 194 countries and territories earlier Tuesday, according to a Reuters count, over 16,500 of them fatal.

In Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters that there has been a “big acceleration” in infections in the United States.

In the previous 24 hours, 85% of new cases were in Europe and the United States, and of these, 40% were in the United States.

As of Monday, the virus had infected over 42,000 people there, killing at least 559.

Asked if the United States could become the new epicenter, Harris said, “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the United States, so it has that potential.”

US state and local officials have denounced the lack of coordinated federal action, claiming that taking action on their own has put them in competition for supplies.

President Donald Trump acknowledged the difficulty.

“The world market for masks and fans is crazy. We’re helping states get equipment, but it’s not easy, “he tweeted.


The organizers of the Olympic Games and the Japanese government had clung to the hope that the biggest sporting event in the world could go on, but in the end they bowed to the inevitable to make Tokyo 2020 the last and greatest victim of a calendar. devastated sportsman.

FILE PHOTO: A lonely person walks in the rain in a mostly deserted Times Square after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

After a phone call with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 24th. Event 9 will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest, as proof of victory over the coronavirus.

“President Bach has said he agrees, 100%.”

It was the first time in the 124-year history of the Olympics that they had been postponed, although they had been canceled three times during the two world wars of the 20th century.

Of the top 10 countries by number of cases, Italy reported the highest mortality rate, around 10%, which at least partially reflects its elderly population. The global mortality rate – the ratio of confirmed deaths to infections – is around 4.3%, although national data may vary widely based on how many tests are performed.

Britain, believed by experts about two weeks behind Italy in the epidemic cycle, began to curb unprecedented peacetime movements on Tuesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the country to stay home.

The streets of the capital were strangely silent since all but the essential shops closed and people only went to work if it was inevitable.

Johnson had resisted the pressure to impose a complete blockade even if other European countries had done so, but he was forced to change course as projections showed that the health system could be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the Chinese province of Hubei, the original center of the epidemic, will raise the sidewalks on people leaving the area, but other regions will strengthen controls as new cases will double due to imported infections.

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The capital of Wuhan province, which has been completely blocked since January 23, lifted travel restrictions on April 8.

However, the risk of infections abroad appears to be on the rise, prompting more stringent screening and quarantine measures in major cities such as the capital Beijing.

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Additional reports by Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Karolos Grohmann, Leika Kihara, Sakura Murakami, Lusha Zhang and Huizhong Wu; Written by Nick Macfie; Editing by Jon Boyle and Angus MacSwan

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Trump challenged his initial offer to reopen the economy

WASHINGTON / NEW YORK (Reuters) – A week after millions of Americans began taking refuge at home with the coronavirus, at least one Republican governor warned Tuesday that he would ease the restrictions too early even though the crackdown is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy.

PHOTO FILE: US President Donald Trump addresses the daily briefing on the coronavirus response while Attorney General William Barr and Ambassador Debbie Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, look at the White House in Washington, in the States United, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was considering how to restart working life when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, although the highly contagious virus spreads quickly and poorly equipped hospitals struggle with a wave of fatalities.

Republican Trump tries to win re-election in November with a promise of economic growth.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, also a Republican, warned against allowing people to travel, socialize and return to work too quickly.

“We don’t think we will be ready in any way to get out of this in five or six days or so, or whenever these 15 days have passed since they started this imaginary watch,” said Hogan Tuesday CNN, adding that most some people think the peak of the crisis is in weeks or months.

More than 42,000 people in the United States have contracted COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and at least 559 have died. The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the United States has the potential to become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a “big acceleration” of infections.

Last week Trump issued guidelines that he claimed to aim to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days, including curbing unnecessary travel. Economic activity has stopped in important states such as New York and California.

“America will be back and soon open to business,” Trump said at a White House press conference Monday. “We won’t let it turn into a long lasting financial problem.”

The rapid reopening of the economy could backfire, with higher deaths and people continuing to fear going out, according to investors who remain concerned about the uncertain trajectory of the coronavirus and its economic balance sheet.

“Markets will react badly because they have learned that this approach does not work,” said Axel Merk, Merk Investments’ Chief Investment Officer. “From a medical point of view, you have to stop exponential growth and you do it with on-site protection policies.”


After beating for most days in the past few weeks, Wall Street jumped out on Tuesday amid signs that Washington was about to conclude a deal on a $ 2 trillion package to save the economy from the coronavirus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 1,130.26 points, or 6.08%, in the open. Oil jumped 3% to $ 28 a barrel, supported by the steps of the US Federal Reserve to strengthen the economy and hopes for an agreement on the aid package.

Negotiators predicted that the United States Senate could pass the stimulus law, which includes financial aid for ordinary Americans, small businesses and critically affected industries as soon as Tuesday.

Holly Huelster, a 33-year-old nanny from New York, said she believed Trump’s rhetoric about the economy threatened real harm to human life.

“It’s horrible for the economy, but I’d always give priority to health,” he said, pushing the 2-year-old boy he cares about on 11th Avenue.

Asked about Trump’s comments about willingness to facilitate social withdrawal soon, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus coordinator, told NBC News: “We must be willing to adjust our plans when we see the impacts.” .

For now, Birx has said that people in the United States should continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing.

“What the president is doing is looking for the future … don’t try to change what we’re doing now,” he said.

Stephen Moore, an economic commentator told by Trump’s aides to influence the president, told Reuters Monday that there was a review in the White House of the wisdom of “a large-scale shutdown … of the economy”.

He said some thought that “if we go on too long with the economy closed, the human budget for this could be greater than the risk of the virus.”

The coronavirus has blocked thousands of U.S. companies, thrown millions of jobless people, and has led state governors to order around 100 million people – nearly a third of the national population – to stay home.

There were signs that the nerves had begun to wear out after days of people working from home, taking care of children whose schools were closed and severely downsizing their daily activities.

BATTLE ON RIFLE RIGHTS Gun enthusiasts have argued that gun stores and shooting ranges are essential and should remain open. Many states have closed these businesses, but Connecticut, Ohio and Illinois are allowing the workshops to operate despite return orders at home, according to the firearms news site The Trace.

The Second Amendment Coalition of Rhode Island, an arms rights advocacy group, sought to combat Governor Gina Raimondo’s order to close arms ranges, arguing that closures deprive new arms owners of having the opportunity to learn gun safety, according to the Providence Journal.

“It’s a public safety disaster. You can’t have it,” coalition president Frank Saccoccio told the newspaper.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said arms stores are non-essential activities that will be forced to close and said he will add 1,300 deputies to the patrol, FOX 11 said.

Despite the huge changes in daily life, many Americans still say they are willing to make sacrifices.

Christine Schindler, 58, a former receptionist, was alone waiting for a bus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Tuesday. He said he thought it was dangerous to lift the restrictions too early for the good of the economy.

“It will come back anyway, really, once things hit rock bottom,” he said. “This should be the number one economy in the world,” he said.

Additional reports from Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu in Washington, Ross Kerber in Boston and Megan Davies and Gabriella Borter in New York; Written by Alistair Bell; Curated by Frank McGurty and Howard Goller

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United States, cities in desperate search for coronaviruses, military preparations

NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. governors and mayors on Monday became more desperate in their requests for help from the federal government to combat coronavirus as the military prepared to set up field hospitals in New York and Seattle to relieve the stress of creaking health services.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged US lawmakers to approve an economic aid package and appealed to fans and medical equipment, even asking for help from private citizens.

“Anyone who can help us get these supplies, we only have days to fix them. This is reality,” de Blasio told CNN. New York, the most populous city in the United States, is now at the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States.

Karine Raymond, a nurse from Jack D. Weiler hospital in the Bronx in New York, said that most nurses were unable to obtain specialized N95 masks and that even simpler surgical masks were scarce. Nurses are told to wear them for as long as possible, he said.

“We are the end-to-end being and lifeline for these patients, yet we are contaminated and cross contaminated,” said Raymond.

While health authorities have struggled to cope with the growing number of sick people and the United States Senate has failed to advance an economic stimulus package, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the U.S. military is preparing to deploy. field hospitals in New York and Seattle.

The planned hospitals, essentially tent structures that can be installed quickly, can only manage a limited number of patients and are less suitable for treating highly infectious people who need to be isolated. But they can relieve pressure on hospitals by treating patients with diseases other than COVID-19.

The Army Corps of Engineers are preparing to convert hotels and dormitories into treatment facilities for sick patients as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 40,000 on Monday, more than 500 of whom have died.

The New York de Blasio urged US lawmakers to provide more help.

“I want to appeal to everyone in the House and in the Senate, you have to help cities, towns, countries, states, public hospitals, private hospitals. You have to get all of them direct relief, “he said.

A far-reaching economic package for the coronavirus crisis failed to advance to the Senate after Democrats said it contained too little money for hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help big businesses. Democrats predicted that a modified version would soon win the move.

Both Democrats and Republicans say they are aware that failure to agree on the bill could have a devastating effect on states, cities and businesses and trigger further heavy losses on U.S. stock markets.

The USNS Mercy, a ship from the Navy hospital, departs from San Diego Naval Station and heads to the port of Los Angeles to help local medical facilities that deal with coronavirus patients (COVID-19), in San Diego, California, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake

The US Federal Reserve has launched an unprecedented new series of programs aimed at reducing the “serious disturbances” of the economy caused by the coronarvirus epidemic.

The central bank will support purchases of corporate bonds and direct corporate loans. It will expand its equity participation just enough to stabilize the financial markets and launch a program to obtain credit for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The steps briefly raised US equity index futures by more than 3%, but stock prices quickly turned red, bringing the S&P 500 .SPX to its worst month since World War II.

With the addition of Maryland, Indiana, Michigan and Massachusetts on Monday, 15 out of 50 U.S. states have now imposed restrictions on people’s movements to reduce the virus, putting the country on a similar path to European countries. more devastated as Italy and Spain.

The population affected by the state blocs amounts to over 150 million people out of a total of about 330 million in the United States.


In what appeared to be sending a mixed message about the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus health crisis, a senior White House adviser said President Donald Trump is considering measures to reopen the U.S. economy.

A week ago Trump issued guidelines that aimed to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days. Late Sunday, she tweeted, “We can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” adding that at the end of the 15-day closing period, “we’ll make a decision on how we want to go.”

Trump’s senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow followed Monday, saying to Fox News: “The president is right … We will have to make some difficult compromises.”

The lack of coordinated federal action was wreaking havoc for states and municipalities and even competing with each other for resources, said the governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

The states “are all looking for the same thing,” New Jersey governor Phil Murphy told CNN on Monday.

Leaving states to look after themselves has put them into bidding wars with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other U.S. states, and even against other countries, said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

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“We are competing against each other over what should be a national crisis in which we should meet and the federal government should guide, helping us,” Pritzker told the “Today” program.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Washington to implement federal defense production law to eliminate this “ad hoc” system. Trump on Sunday defended his decision to resist using this power, based on the fact that nationalizing businesses “is not a good concept”.

General Motors Co (GM.N) and medical device manufacturer Ventec are accelerating efforts under a partnership called “Project V” to build fans in a GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana to help fight the coronavirus epidemic.

Reporting by Stephanie Kelly, Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu, Dan Levine and Nathan Layne; Written by Daniel Trotta and Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Howard Goller and Alistair Bell

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The United States Fed aims to “bazooka” to support the economy affected by the coronavirus

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve launched an extraordinary series of programs on Monday to support an economy that opposes the vast trade restrictions that scientists believe are necessary to slow the coronavirus pandemic and ultimately keep more people. safe.

PHOTO FILE: The Federal Reserve building pictured in Washington, United States, on July 16, 2018. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo

For the first time, the Fed will support purchases of corporate bonds, guarantee direct loans to businesses and “soon” launch a program to obtain credit for small and medium-sized enterprises. He also said that he will expand his asset purchases than is necessary to stabilize the financial markets.

The series of actions marks a massive intervention by the American central bank beyond the financial markets, where it has so far concentrated its firepower, in the real economy of the United States.

“It’s their bazooka time,” said Russell Price, chief economist at Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy, Michigan.

Nearly a third of the population of the United States has been urged to stay indoors as governors from California to New York have sent “social distancing” and the closure of non-essential activities to slow the spread of the virus from person to person.

With the rapid disappearance of customers, starving companies may be able to tap into the Fed’s “lifeblood” to stay afloat as the arrests continue, said Professor Tim Duy of the University of Oregon.

“The Fed is still working to maintain credit flow because they know what happened during the Depression (when) too many companies ran out,” Duy said. “The more damage that occurs, the more difficult it will be to restart the economy.”

However, he said, without massive tax aid, such efforts will not be enough to stem the tide of what economists interviewed by Reuters’ estimate could be a million unemployment claims across the nation within a week, with more to come.

U.S. equities declined Monday and U.S. treasury yields declined after the announcement, as US lawmakers struggled to reach agreement on a far-reaching coronavirus stimulus package on Monday after remaining short of a deal over the weekend.

US corporate credit investors, for their part, welcomed the move by the Fed, driving up the prices of the exchange-traded funds of US investment grade corporate bonds.

Under the new programs, the Fed will provide student loans, credit card loans and US government-guaranteed loans to small businesses and loans to larger employers in the amount of four years of bridge financing.

Hundreds of thousands of people have already filed for unemployment insurance in California alone, the state governor said over the weekend. Many analysts are projecting the U.S. economy to shrink faster in the next quarter than any other during the Great Recession.

In a statement the Fed said that the effort, unanimously approved by the members of the Federal Open Market Committee, was undertaken because “it became clear that our economy will face serious disturbances” following the health crisis. “Our nation’s first priority is to take care of those affected and limit further spread of the virus.”

The Fed cut loan costs to zero last week and took other emergency measures to keep the commercial paper, Treasury and foreign dollar markets functional.

“This is the Fed’s total effort to ensure that the economic sector and families can continue,” said Sam Bullard, Wells Fargo Securities’ senior economist.

“The Fed is doing everything it can.”

Reporting Howard Schneider to Washington and Ann Saphir to San Francisco; Additional reports from Sinead Carew, Kate Duguid and Jonnelle Marte in New York; Curated by Dan Burns and Andrea Ricci

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New Jersey will release some county inmates until the coronavirus epidemic subsides

(Reuters) – New Jersey said Monday that it plans to temporarily release low-risk inmates serving prison terms in the county to limit the spread of coronavirus, following similar movements by some cities and counties in the United States.

The announcement was followed by an order on Sunday evening by the New Jersey chief of justice Stuart Rabner to suspend or commute the penalties imposed for violations of probation and municipal judicial convictions.

The order will release up to 1,000 inmates, said the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union. Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal said at a press conference that they would be released by Tuesday morning.

As a career attorney, Grewal said he “did not enjoy” releasing prisoners, but that the decision was justified by the seriousness of the health risk. He also indicated the infections that had occurred in New York City prisons.

“We know and have seen across the river that prisons can be disease incubators, so we need to take bold and drastic steps,” said Grewal, adding that inmates would be under house orders and would complete their sentences once that the crisis was over.

Prisons and prisons are climbing to safeguard a prisoner population that includes many people with basic medical problems.

The United States has more people behind bars than any other nation, about 2.3 million as of 2017, including around 1.5 million in state and federal prisons and another 745,000 in local prisons, according to the Statistical Office of Justice of the United States.

Last week the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced the release of 40 detainees from Rikers Island prison in light of the pandemic, and said on Sunday that another 23 would be released.

Other cities and counties in the United States are considering or have adopted similar policies.

Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the county had taken action since late February to reduce the prison population of 617 inmates. This was done by releasing prisoners with less than 30 days in prison and changing the bail policies used to determine which arrests would receive a subpoena in respect of their custody.

While many state prisons have taken steps to limit the spread of the virus, such as banning visitors, they typically require a court order to release the detainees. Federal prisons face similar restrictions, although President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will consider an executive order to free “totally nonviolent prisoners” from these structures.

An official with the union representing federal prisoners called on Attorney General William Barr to temporarily stop the movement of all prisoners between the structures until the virus can be contained.

Nathan Layne’s report in Wilton, Connecticut; Further reports from Peter Eisler, Linda So and Sarah N. Lynch in Washington; Ned Park, Grant Smith and Brendan Pierson in New York; Curated by Grant McCool, Noeleen Walder and Cynthia Osterman

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Coronavirus relief law slows down in the United States Senate, talks continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate’s impetus to pass a $ 1 trillion coronavirus response law remained hampered last Sunday, while Democrats asked for more money to help governments and state and local hospitals while Republicans have urged swift action to give funding markets a sign of encouragement.

On Sunday, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to get the Republican plan on a procedural hurdle after days of negotiations, with 47 senators voting in favor and 47 against.

Later on Sunday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, announced that he would hold a repeat vote on Monday, only to be blocked by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

In response, McConnell accused the Democrats of “reckless behavior” that could further upset the financial markets and delay the much needed aid to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

But the Democrats maintained their position with Schumer by calling the republican plan “a gigantic corporate bailout fund”.

Among the partisan attacks, Schumer said that private negotiations were making progress. White House legislative link Eric Ueland told reporters that a “handful” of disagreements has yet to be resolved.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shuttled between the offices of the Republican leader and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in search of an agreement. At one point, Mnuchin also indicated to reporters that progress was being made.

Negotiations marked Congress’s third effort to mitigate the economic toll of a disease that killed at least 420 people in the United States and resulted in over 33,000 illness, leading governors to order nearly a third of the nation’s population to stay at home and put many business activities on hold.

Following two successful emergency aid bills, this latest effort includes financial aid for regular Americans, small businesses and critically affected industries, including airlines.

Democrats raised objections to the Senate Republican bill all day, with Schumer saying it had “many, many problems” and would benefit corporate interests at the expense of hospitals, healthcare professionals, cities and states.

The failure of the measure to move has brought Democrats and Republicans back to the negotiating table. The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has said that the Democrats in that house will begin to develop an alternative bill.

Schumer said that more money is needed for community health centers, nursing homes, masks, fans, personal protective equipment and aid to state and local governments.

In the Senate, a visibly angry McConnell accused the Democrats of obstruction.

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media after a meeting to end work on coronavirus economic aid legislation during the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Washington , in the United States, March 22, 2020. REUTERS / Mary F. Calvert

“Even if Democrats turn the tide tomorrow, the vote they cast today will almost certainly cause more Americans to lose their jobs and older retirement savings earned hard to literally evaporate,” he said.

Lawmakers were aware that failure to reach an agreement on Sunday could beat financial markets as early as Monday.

But Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said it wouldn’t precipitate Democrats into an agreement they didn’t want.

“Markets always come back,” he said.

As a sign of the spread of the disease, Republican Senator Rand Paul said Sunday to be positive. Republican Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney have said they want to self-quarantine accordingly.

During a briefing in the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump said he still hopes that a massive aid package can move quickly to Congress.

“They are very close to making a deal,” said Trump. “So I would be surprised if they didn’t and if they don’t, I frankly think that the American people will be very angry with the Democrats because the Republicans are ready to approve an agreement. The only reason an agreement has not been possible is the pure politics “.

Vice President Mike Pence said 254,000 Americans have been tested for the virus and just over 30,000 tested positive.

Trump said he activated the National Guard in the three states most affected by the epidemic: California, New York and Washington.

The controversial provisions of the Senate bill included those aimed at helping companies rather than workers, as well as those that allowed the government to delay disclosure of which companies, states or municipalities had received aid for up to six months.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate to challenge Trump in the U.S. presidential election in November, blew up the President’s handling of the crisis.

“President Trump has overlooked, downplayed and lied about this virus,” Biden said in a statement. “Stop lying and start acting. Take advantage of all your authorities now to make sure we are producing all the essential goods and delivering them. ”

Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that the package would include loans for small businesses, direct deposits that could give an average family of four $ 3,000 and up to $ 4 trillion in liquidity for the US Federal Reserve to help businesses overcome the next 90-120 days.

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A republican bill issued by Reuters gives the United States Treasury authority to provide up to $ 500 billion in loans, loan guarantees and other investments in eligible businesses, states and municipalities during the crisis.

Of these, up to $ 50 billion could provide loans and loan guarantees for passenger airlines, $ 8 billion for cargo air carriers and $ 17 billion for companies critical to national security.

The remaining $ 425 billion would be available for loans, loan guarantees and other investments for the Fed to provide liquidity to help the financial system lend to businesses, states and municipalities.

Reporting by Richard Cowan, Susan Heavey, Arshad Mohammed and Andrea Shalal; Written by Arshad Mohammed and James Oliphant; Editing by Diane Craft, Stephen Coates and Michael Perry

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Trump tells the United States to make a coronavirus decision at the end of the 15 day plan

United States President Donald Trump gestures during a press conference amid the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Washington DC, the United States, on March 22, 2020. REUTERS / Yuri Gripas

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States will make a decision at the end of a 15-day period on “which way we want to go”, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“We can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” he said on Twitter. It did not elaborate.

Trump released new guidelines on March 16 aimed at slowing the spread of the disease for 15 days.

Since then, the Trump administration has pushed for aggressive steps to stem the economic blow of the epidemic, after the president has spent several weeks minimizing risks.

Almost one in three Americans have been ordered to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, while Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware have become the last states to apply extensive restrictions, along with the city of Philadelphia.

They joined New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey, home to 101 million Americans combined.

Coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 32,000, with over 415 deaths, according to a Reuters count. (Graph:

On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the blockade affecting large segments of the American public could last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June.

Reporting Shubham Kalia in Bangalore; Curated by Kim Coghill, Robert Birsel

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Coronavirus requires states to order nearly one in three Americans to stay home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly one in three Americans were sentenced to stay home on Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic while Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware became the last states to enforce extensive restrictions, along with the city of Philadelphia.

The three states unite in New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey, home to 101 million Americans combined, while the cases have exceeded 32,000 nationwide, with over 415 deaths, according to a Reuters count. (Graph:

“Any evidence I can get my hands on indicates that we are at an absolutely crucial time in this war and what we do now will make a difference in the world,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “What we do now will slow down this invader. This invader will slow down, so our health system … will have time to treat the victims. ”

In the United States Senate, disagreement between the partisans prevented a massive coronavirus bill from advancing, with Democrats claiming that the Republican measure focused too much on helping societies. But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said he believed the differences could be overcome in the next 24 hours.

Ohio has 351 cases and three deaths, while Louisiana has 837 cases and 20 deaths, many in an aged care facility. Louisiana has the third highest number of cases per capita and has seen a 10-fold increase in cases in the past week, Governor John Bel Edwards said.

The Ohio order will come into effect at midnight EDT on Monday and will remain in effect until April 6. The Louisiana order will take effect at 5:00 pm. The CDT is Monday and lasts until April 12th. The Delaware order starts at 8:00 EDT on Tuesday.

Dallas County Texas, which is home to over 2.5 million people, and Philadelphia, with 1.6 million residents, on Sunday asked non-essential businesses to close and residents to stay home.

In Kentucky, non-essential businesses must close by 8pm. EDT on Monday, but authorities stopped ordering residents to stay home.

US Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Sunday became the first member of the Senate to announce that he tested positive for coronavirus. At least two members of the House of Representatives previously said they were positive.

Around the world, billions are adapting to a new reality, with countries like Italy, Spain and France in a state of blockade and several South American nations are taking similar measures to try to keep up with the contagion, as the cases global have exceeded 325,000 and deaths have exceeded 14,000.

The mayor of New York City, the epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus epidemic, described the outbreak as the largest domestic crisis since the Great Depression on Sunday and asked the U.S. military to mobilize to help keep the health system overwhelmed.

“If we don’t have more fans in the next 10 days, people who don’t have to die will die,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, as the nation’s most populous city has seen the top 9,600 COVID-19 cases and deaths rise to 63.

Pedestrians are reflected through a window as they walk past businesses barred in the Hayes Valley district after California Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a “nationwide residence order” that directed 40 million state residents to stay in the their homes facing the widespread coronavirus fast (COVID-19) in San Francisco, California, USA, March 21, 2020. REUTERS / Stephen Lam

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged the federal government to take over the acquisition of medical supplies so that states do not have to compete with each other for desperately needed resources.

Help doesn’t come quickly enough, Cuomo said.

“Time matters, minutes count and this is literally a matter of life or death,” he said. “At the same time, there will be no chaos, there will be no anarchy. Life will continue. Different. But life will continue. ”

Cuomo gave officials in New York City 24 hours to come up with a plan to treat residents who still gathered in parks and other places and who did not practice social distances.


De Blasio said the federal government did not receive the necessary medical supplies from the federal government to cope with the rapid spread of the sometimes fatal disease.

Hospitals are basking in protective devices for healthcare professionals and ventilators as they prepare for a wave of patients who will need help with breathing as severe cases often lead to pneumonia and reduced lung function.

Last week, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump lobbied for aggressive measures to stem the economic blow after Trump spent several weeks minimizing the risks of the virus.

Trump said Sunday that the National Guard would help New York, California and Washington state respond to the coronavirus crisis. He said that the American Mercy hospital ship would arrive in Los Angeles within a week and provided detailed numbers for the first time on the types and quantities of medical supplies sent to the outbreak centers.

Vice President Mike Pence said 254,000 Americans had been tested for coronavirus and 10% were positive.


The number of cases of highly contagious respiratory disease in the United States and Spain is only exceeded by China and Italy. Italy reported a record number of daily coronavirus deaths last week.

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“This will be the biggest national crisis after the Great Depression,” de Blasio told CNN, referring to the economic crisis of the 1930s. “This is why we need large-scale mobilization of the US military.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has complained about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to healthcare professionals. He said they were seeing delivery dates in July.

“It won’t work. We need delivery dates tomorrow,” Abbott said during a briefing. “Today we have money ready for anyone who can sell us PPE. We’ll check you out on the spot.”

Reporting of Jonnelle Marte and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Additional reports by Stephanie Kelly in New York and Richard Cowan, Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey in Washington; Written by Lisa Shumaker; Curated by Bill Berkrot, Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney

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The US coronavirus blockade in the past 10-12 weeks, says Trump’s chief official

One man is outside a liquor store, despite the Californian government Gavin Newsom implementing “home status” across the state, ordering 40 million state residents to stay in their homes in the face of the disease in rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Guerneville, California, USA, March 21 2020. Photo taken March 21 2020. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The blockade targeting large segments of the American public to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus will likely last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. .

Americans are adapting to the biggest change in daily life since World War II with schools closed, sport canceled and economic upheaval as job losses increase with business closures in many sectors.

Hospitals are scrambling to find protective equipment for healthcare professionals and ventilators as they prepare for a wave of patients who will need help breathing. US cases rose to over 25,000 on Sunday morning and at least 325 people died, with about half of the cases in New York state, according to a Reuters count. (Graph:

The virus has killed over 13,000 globally and infected over 300,000.

Washington lawmakers are approaching an agreement that could pump a record $ 1 trillion into the economy to limit the economic damage of coronavirus.

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that he hopes Congress will vote on the bill on Monday. The proposed payments for an average family of four would be $ 3,000 and would only be once per hour, he said.

Nearly one in four Americans, or 80 million, had received orders to close the store and stay home while New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey had established blocks across the state.

“Unless we tell people to stay home and stop interacting as they were, we will see more, thousands more, tens of thousands more deaths than we otherwise would,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker at CNN on Sunday.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey; Written by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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The virus aid bill includes $ 3,000 for families, $ 4 trillion for Fed: Mnuchin

PHOTO FILE: US President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin answer questions during the Trump Administration’s daily coronavirus briefing at the White House in Washington, United States, March 17, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst / Photo file

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Coronavirus economic compensation bill being drafted in Congress will include a one-time payment of $ 3,000 for families and allow the Federal Reserve to leverage up to $ 4 trillion in liquidity to support the economy of the nation, said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday.

Mnuchin, speaking in an interview on the television program “Fox News Sunday”, said that the additional liquidity measures for the US central bank are intended to help a large base of US companies overcome the next 90-120 days.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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