Washington - Most Americans are facing the worst week of their lives, comparable to the national tragedies of the Pearl Harbor attack or the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In the US state of New York, 594 people succumbed to covid-19 on Saturday, less than the previous day. The number of newly confirmed cases also decreased significantly, from almost 10,800 to 8327.
Americans expect the worst week of their lives, a local official said
Most Americans are faced with the worst week of their lives, comparable to the national tragedies of the Pearl Harbor attack or the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The US head of US health service Jerome Adams said it on Fox News.
"This will be our Pearl Harbor, our September 11th, but it will not be confined to one place. It will happen all over the country. And I want America to understand," Adams said, urging all governors to restrict movement in their states population for at least a week, ideally for 30 days.
The outbreak of the US epidemic continues to be the state of New York, but the death toll is also increasing rapidly in Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Protective restrictive measures have already been implemented by most states, but in some sparsely populated and predominantly rural areas, local Republican governors are still delaying the closure of businesses and banning them. This has been criticized, for example, by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who is worried that the disease might later return to states with a major epidemic wave behind.
US President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the US is facing tough weeks in which many people will be killed. Already reported that covid-19 disease in the US could succumb to 100,000 to 240,000 people. Bill Gates, a billionaire who warned of a global pandemic five years ago, said today that there could be fewer deaths if people consistently adhere to social isolation.
The state of New York recorded a daily decline in the number of deaths
In the US state of New York, 594 people succumbed to covid-19 on Saturday, less than the previous day. The number of newly confirmed cases also decreased significantly, from almost 10,800 to 8327. The daily increase in the number of people admitted to intensive care units is also smaller, while the number of people released from hospitals has increased. At a briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo said today, according to which data could be a sign that this worst affected US state has already reached the peak of the epidemic.
However, Cuomo warned that in order to evaluate the longer-term trend, it is necessary to analyze data for at least three to four days. He also pointed out that the individual epidemiological models do not agree on what will follow after reaching the peak. According to some, a decline in new cases and deaths should come immediately, others expect a stagnation of several days and a subsequent decrease.
The governor also said that authorities are relocating some unused lung ventilators and health care professionals to hospitals on Long Island, where the number of infected and hospitalized is currently growing fastest. A similar approach is a solution for the whole country. The epidemics in each country will culminate at different times and the US does not have enough resources to take care of all the patients at once. In order to minimize the impact of coronavirus on the population, it is necessary to spill funds from one state to another according to current needs.
The state of New York, with less than 20 million people, now records a total of 4159 victims of covid-19, with over 122,000 people infected with coronavirus since the outbreak, similar to Spain. More than a third of all US cases and over 40 percent of all deaths come from the state.
Trump: The US faces the hardest weeks in which many people die
The United States is facing the hardest weeks in which many people will lose their lives. According to Reuters, it was said today by US President Donald Trump. At the same time, he reiterated that the United States must lift the restrictions imposed to prevent further spread of the virus and reopen its economy as soon as possible.
"We will continue to use all our power, all our powers, all the resources we have to keep our people healthy, safe and put an end to this thing. We want to end this war. We must go back to work. We must reopen the country," Trump.
According to him, the federal government will send thousands of army health workers to fight coronavirus. The state of New York, which is the current epicenter of the epidemic in the US, should arrive to 1,000 doctors and nurses.
Regarding the current lack of protective equipment reported by the governors of individual US states where the contagion is on the rise, Trump said that these states demand more federal assistance than they actually need. Every state wants to build up supplies of vital medical material for a few days in advance. "Concerns about the scarcity have led to their demands being exorbitant," he added.
Louisiana officials said they will run out of ventilators in New Orleans next week. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State, who, with more than a third of those infected, is in a pandemic epicenter in the country, said he has been requesting fans from the federal government for days. Over 1,100 devices are to be received from Oregon and also from China.
Trump also said that his administration is abundantly working with a special Cold War law to order businesses to produce strategically needed material. He said the US authorities ordered 180 million respirators from 3M.
The President defended his order prohibiting the export of certain types of protective drapes and other aids. "We need those masks. We don't want anyone else to get them," Trump said. At the same time, he dismissed the allegations made by German officials that the US authorities' approach to seeking medical devices around the world is similar to "modern piracy" when they allegedly confiscated 200,000 respirators originally intended for Germany in Bangkok.
The president also reiterated that he believed in the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of coronavir. This is normally used to treat malaria or chronic skin diseases. According to him, the US has ordered a large amount of drug from India and is going to include it in its strategic reserves and undergo clinical trials. He also mentioned the remdesivir drug developed by the Gilead Sciences team. According to him, the drug entered the third phase of clinical trials, which is tested on about 1000 patients.
The United States is the most affected country in the world, with coronavirus tests confirmed by more than 312,000 people. Over 8500 of them succumbed to the infection. The White House has previously stated that covid-19 disease caused by coronavirus in the US will require 100,000 to 240,000 victims.