The coronavirus is already throughout the United States, in its 50 states that include Alaska and Hawaii. Meanwhile, the dead increase: the number of victims reached 106, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. And the numbers of infected rose to 6,233, being West Virgina the last corner in the country that was missing to report cases.
The United States is trying to cope with the pandemic that is raging the world, and it does so with different measures that seek to prevent the spread of the virus. In many cities, such as New York or Los Angeles, schools and businesses have been closed and people have been asked to stay home.. Restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas, sporting events are closed. And similar measures are taken in the rest of the world.
Pandemic fatalities are reported in 18 states: Washington (53), New York (13), California (12), Florida (6), Louisiana (4), New Jersey (3), Colorado (2), Virginia ( 2), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Nevada (1), Oregon (1), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (1 ), Texas (1).
Every day hundreds of cases are registered. Between last Saturday and Sunday, 700 new cases were reported. On Monday the number of new reported amounted to 900. Health authorities are doing their best to increase the tests that detect the coronavirus and thus have better control of the situation, as demonstrated by South Korea and other Asian countries.
In a few weeks, the landscape changed dramatically in the United States: in early March, 70 people were infected. Then, little by little, the numbers grew and the cases spread throughout the territory, with New York State being the place with the highest number: 1,374. Now, all states register infected people and authorities are trying to cope with the pandemic.
The New York Times newspaper collected information from federal and state authorities and thus have details of how the coronavirus is affecting the United States.
The newspaper collected some data with which it could trace how hundreds of people became infected: 148 cases occurred by direct contact between people; 113 within a community in New Rochelle, New York; 72 of people who traveled within the United States; 59 at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington; 47 people who traveled to Egypt; 43 people who were on the Diamond Princess cruise; 39 of people who traveled to Italy; 30 at a business conference in Boston; 22 at a nursing home in DuPage County, Illinois; 21 on the Grand Princess Cruise in February; 21 on another Grand Princess cruise in March; 15 people traveled to China; 14 at the home of war veterans in Lebanon, Oregon.
Washington is the second state with the highest number of cases but with the highest number of deaths: 54. Every day about 100 people contract coronavirus. To cope with the situation, the authorities have imposed restrictive measures, such as the closure of businesses and public events to prevent the transmission of the virus. In addition, anticipating that the numbers may increase, the state purchased a motel that will be suitable as a hospital. They also acquired large tents with thermal floors that can accommodate sick people.
“We are at a critical time,” said Dow Constantine, an official with King County, Washington, where the first case of coronavirus in the United States was recorded on February 29.
He added: “Vgo to work if necessary. But postpone everything you can. Try the next two weeks to quarantine, to protect yourself and the life and health of your loved ones and the entire community. “
Since the first case in the state was announced on March 1, New York has done everything possible to deal with the coronavirus. Public schools were closed, as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced. While the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, ordered to close discotheques, cinemas, theaters and concert halls; In addition, restaurants, bars and cafes, which can only offer delivery and take out services. From this Tuesday at 9 in the morning the measure will take effect. “This is not a decision I made lightly,” he said.
“These places are part of the heart of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mindset, ”added De Blasio.
Trump government measures
The government of US President Donald Trump presented on Tuesday a huge fiscal stimulus package of nearly a trillion dollars, which includes sending cash “checks” 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 multimillion-dollar fiscal stimulus plan to present to Congress this day.