As 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.”