For the first time in history, all 50 states of the United States and Washington D.C. have been put under a disaster due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Guardian, Wyoming on April 11 became the 50th state, and the last state of the United States, to declare a catastrophic state after being approved by President Donald Trump. This is the first time all 50 states in the US and Washington D.C. have been put under a disaster at the same time.
In addition, the US territories such as the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico have also declared a disaster.
The declaration of a catastrophic situation is supposed to help state and territory governments use the federal budget to respond to a pandemic.
“Although the situation in Wyoming is not as serious as in some other states, declaring a disaster will help us prepare and mobilize resources when necessary,” Governor Mark Gordon of Wyoming said.
Wyoming is the least populous state in the US with 578,000 people. To date, the number of people infected with Covid-19 in Wyoming is 253 cases, of which no deaths have been reported.
The United States is currently the country with the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in the US has reached 524,903 cases, with 20,389 deaths. New York was the most heavily affected by the disease with more than 181,000 cases of Covid-19, of which more than 8,600 died.