According to real-time statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 10:43 a.m. Beijing time on March 22, the number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia had reached 307,104. Among them, the United States confirmed a total of 26,574 cases, surpassing Spain’s 25,496 cases, China, Italy, the world’s third-largest cumulative number of confirmed cases. In addition, the cumulative number of deaths in the United States reached 307.
As the epidemic spread smoldering across the country, the U.S. federal prison system has confirmed the first case among inmates, and a prisoner at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center tested positive for the new coronavirus. Earlier, two bureau staff members had been diagnosed with the new crown, one in Kansas and the other in Texas.
After two confirmed cases in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Central Command also identified a confirmed case, a 15 from overseas returned to the U.S. Navy soldiers. The soldier has since been subjected to preventive isolation at home, developed symptoms on the 18th and was tested positive on the 20th.
Vice President Pence was also tested with his wife on the evening of the 21st. Previously, a staff member in the vice president’s office tested positive. But Pence said he and President Trump had no direct contact with the staffer. The Pences tested negative, CNN reported.
To stop the spread of the epidemic, state governments are issuing “home orders.” As of Saturday, about a quarter of the U.S. population had been asked to close their homes, Reuters reported.
After California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut, New Jersey also issued a “home order” on the 21st, starting at 9 p.m., requiring about 9 million residents across the state to cancel non-essential outings and to close non-essential commercial facilities indefinitely. This means that about 75 million of America’s roughly 320 million people, or 23.4 percent, are already facing “home orders.”
Trump 13 has declared a “national emergency” to deal with the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia. But he said on the 20th that he did not consider issuing a nationwide “home order” at the federal level, saying that “some areas are not seriously affected.”
As of 9 p.m. local time on the 21st, confirmed cases in U.S. states Data Source: The New York Times
Currently, more than 40 percent of confirmed cases in the U.S. come from New York State, the first state in the U.S. to have a record number of confirmed cases. Governor Cuomo said the number of confirmed cases in New York had reached 10,365 as of Saturday morning local time, with the number of cases in New York City soaring to 6,211.
Trump on the 20th declared a “major disaster” in New York State. Mr Cuomo said the number of confirmed cases was due to the fact that New York state had used nearly twice as many tests as California, which had tested more than 45,000 suspected cases as of Saturday morning.
Although the number of confirmed cases in the country is the third largest in the world, the United States is still relatively behind the rate of testing. As of Tuesday evening, CDC laboratories and local public health laboratories had tested only 66,371 samples, according to the latest data released by the CDC’s official website.
Due to the high number of patients and insufficient detection capacity, some areas can only adjust their strategies and discourage people without symptoms from testing. According to the Los Angeles Times reported on the 20th, Los Angeles County, California, health officials have even advised doctors to give up testing for suspected patients, only if the positive test can play a role in changing the treatment method, patients can be tested.
In response to domestic inefficiencies, the White House on Saturday pledged to release 27 million test kits by the end of the month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also urgently approved the use of a new rapid testing kit that can detect new coronaviruses in about 45 minutes.
In response to the economic impact of the outbreak, the U.S. Congress is also discussing a $1 trillion stimulus package, including a direct cash distribution to the American public. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says delegates on both sides of the party have made significant progress on the plan. McConnell is expected to call a vote on Monday, Reuters reported.