The number of new strains of Coronavirus in the US increased on March 3, with Washington reporting an additional 3 deaths, as officials tried to contain the spread of the epidemic.
Tension in response to the corona virus in the US increased on March 3 when the number of deaths increased to 9 and lawmakers expressed skepticism about the government’s ability to conduct timely testing.
The total number of confirmed infections in Washington state has increased to 27, of which 9 have died, up from the statistics of 18 infections and 6 deaths a day earlier, the state health agency said, according to Reuters.
The number of infections in the US has risen to at least 108. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says on its website: 60 cases in 12 states in the US and 48 cases from overseas.
Just the beginning
All deaths were in Washington State in the northwestern United States, and most were in a nursing home on the outskirts of Seattle.
“What is happening in the US today is probably the beginning of what is happening abroad,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
She noted that in China, where the epidemic first broke out two months ago, elderly and ill-health people were twice as likely to become seriously ill than younger and healthier people.
Eight of the nine deaths reside in King County, and one in neighboring Snohomish County, according to officials. All 27 cases are clustered in two counties around Seattle, making the region the largest number of infections in the United States.
Officials say the outbreak at the nursing home appears to have led to the first case in North Carolina. A Wake County resident who has visited a nursing home has tested positive for the virus and is currently isolated at home in good health.
US President Donald Trump told reporters his administration could impose a ban on travel to high-risk areas, but said officials had not considered any travel restrictions in the area. country.
In the past, all tests were done by CDC and it took several days to get results. The representative of the US Food and Drug Administration told Congress that test kits will be ready for use by the end of this week, allowing laboratories to perform about 1 million tests.
However, lawmakers at Capitol Hill expressed skepticism about the health officials’ statement that virus testing will soon be ready for widespread use. The test kit provided by the CDC to the states and the city in January showed errors.
Tests so far have shown delays and errors, so some parliamentarians are skeptical about being able to perform 1 million tests by the end of this week.
“I heard from medical experts that this is unrealistic,” said Senator Patty Murray of Washington state during a Senate hearing.
The US House of Representatives is scheduled for March 4 to debate an emergency budget bill. President Trump said his administration is working with Congress to pass an emergency spending budget of about $ 8.5 billion.
FED cut interest rates sharply
Meanwhile, the US Federal Reserve (FED) has decided to cut interest rates due to fears that the spread of the corona virus will have a negative impact on the world’s largest economy.
According to Reuters, the US Federal Reserve (FED) on March 3 cut interest rates in urgent action to protect the world’s largest economy from the negative effects from the spread of corona virus.
In the announcement, the Fed said it has cut interest rates at 0.5 percentage points, bringing the interest rates down to the target level of 1.25% -1.5%.
“The foundations of the US economy remain good. Nevertheless, the corona virus creates an ever-greater threat to economic activities. In the face of such risks, as well as to support the targeting maximum labor rates and price stability, the Federal Open Market Committee today decided to lower the target range to federal interest rates, “the Fed announced.
The decision to cut interest rates reached a consensus among policy makers. FED’s interest rate cut just before the policy meeting scheduled to take place from March 17-18 showed an economic emergency, forcing the agency to work to prevent a recession. Global.
Immediately after the decision of interest rate cut was announced by FED, the US stock market had a positive reaction.
The S&P 500 index increased by 38.33 points, or 1.24%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial index and the Nasdaq Composite increased by 1.2% and 1.12% respectively.