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Number of COVID-19 Cases in US Exceeds Italy and China

WASHINGTON – The United States is now the world leader in the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
There are nearly 86,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus in the United States – about 16% of the world total of 532,000 – according to Johns Hopkins University.
This places it in front of China, where the virus originates, and also before Italy, the epicenter of Europe which has been submerged by the virus in recent weeks.
China has nearly 82,000 cases and Italy 80,000.
The country has seen a sharp drop in the number of new cases in recent weeks and has decided to suspend visits to almost all foreign nationals – a reversal from the situation in January, when the United States and Europe limited trips from China.
US President Donald Trump dismissed his country’s high number of cases as a “tribute to our tests,” adding that health officials “were testing a huge number of people.”
Trump also questioned China’s figures, saying, “You don’t know what the numbers are in China.”
President Xi Jinping challenged the statement during a call with Trump – apparently telling him that Beijing has been open and transparent since the start of the epidemic.
Different countries have different thresholds for when a person should be tested for the disease and testing a smaller number of people will result in a smaller number of reported cases. But the United States is among the countries that have been criticized for not having tested widely enough.
Despite the continuing spread of the pandemic in the United States, Trump said the country “needs to get back to work”, adding that “I think it will happen soon enough.”
Trump also dismissed calls from some state governors for more ventilators to treat the most affected patients.
New York saw about 30,000 cases, most of them in New York. Nearly 400 people have died, the peak is expected to arrive in weeks.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned that the fan shortage is “astronomical” and is expected to worsen.
Many coronavirus victims need respirators to help them breathe – often for several weeks – and Cuomo warned: “Any scenario (in terms of the number of patients) that is realistic will exceed the capacity of the health system.”
Mr. Trump replied, “I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 fans.”
A February estimate by infectious disease specialist Dr. James Lawler revealed that the United States would need 960,000 ventilators for victims of the virus, although not all are needed at the same time. Another study estimated that around 300,000 would be needed very soon – still much more than what is readily available.
Meanwhile, Louisiana is becoming another seriously affected state, with last month’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans being blamed for the situation.
Demand for ventilators in the state has already doubled, and Governor John Bel Edwards said there could not be any available by April 2 and that beds could be full as early as five days later “if we let’s not flatten the infection curve quickly. ”
Warner Thomas, chief executive of the state hospital group Ochsner Health System, said 80% of the state’s intensive care patients are ventilated. The normal rate is 30% to 40%, he said.
In addition to a shortage of respirators, it has been reported that doctors and nurses have to recycle face masks or even make their own.
In addition, United States Attorney General William Barr said he had told the Bureau of Prisons to expand its use of home containment for certain inmates as the virus spreads through the prison system.
Six detainees and four prison officers tested positive for COVID-19. Several prisons are closed.
Barr said: “One of the things we need to assess is whether that person … will be safer in the particular circumstances in which they will find themselves, and in many cases, it may not be the case. ”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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