US AWOL on global stage as it becomes new epicenter of coronavirus

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News ID: 45590
Publish Date: 20:27 - 29 March 2020
A little over a month after President Donald Trump claimed that the coronavirus was pretty “much under control,” the United States has officially become the new epicenter of the global pandemic.The COVID-19 cases in the country have reached a grim milestone, surpassing those in China, and the death toll continues to skyrocket by the day.

US AWOL on global stage as it becomes new epicenter of coronavirusAs of Sunday morning, there are currently more than 123,100 COVID-19 cases in the US, and more than 2,220 have died.

Doctors and healthcare workers nationwide have warned of dangerous shortages in essential medical equipment such as ventilators, crippling their ability to respond to the crisis. In some hospitals, doctors have had to reuse protective gear such as masks, gloves, and gowns, putting themselves and patients at risk of infection.

Conditions are especially dire in New York City, with hospitals struggling to keep up with the disturbing surge of new cases. The city’s morgues are also expected to reach capacity by next week.

Trump mused Saturday about a mandatory two-week quarantine for New York, where more than half of the coronavirus cases have been reported. However, the president backed down on Saturday evening, tweeting that the measure “would not be necessary.”

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