Attempts to prevent the outbreak of Covid-19 appeared to be ineffective when the US recorded its first case in Washington, while Italy had more than 1,000 new cases a day.
How much corona virus is infectious is still a big question. On the evening of March 7, the US Conservative Alliance (ACU), the organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a major Republican event, said an attendee gave results. positive test with Covid-19.
President Trump, Vice President Pence and a number of senior White House officials attended the event, which lasted 4 days in Maryland.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Pence were interacting or near the patient. But ACU president Matt Schlapp told the Washington Post that he had a close interaction with the infected person at the event.
It’s not clear when that happened, but on the final day of the event, Mr. Schlapp shook hands with the president on stage.
New cases are rising rapidly in the United States
“I think we have to calm down and see what happens, and hope our friend will get better,” Mr. Schlapp said.
White House officials seem to want to mitigate the level of risk, but said they are taking precautions. President Trump, speaking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said he was not worried at all.
“I have absolutely no worries,” Mr. Trump said before meeting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at dinner. The president also emphasized that his campaign, which often attracts thousands of supporters and takes place around the country, will continue to be held.
“We will have extraordinary movements,” Mr. Trump said.
The corona virus has now spread to 30 states in the US and 99 countries and territories around the globe. At least 6 state governors, including California and New York, have declared a medical emergency. The number of people infected with the virus globally has exceeded 100,000, with more than 500 cases being recorded in the United States.
Two deaths in Florida state on March 6, and two new deaths in Washington state, bringing the number of deaths from viruses in the US to 19. Florida officials only knew the two were infected with Covid-19 after they died.
At a White House press conference on March 7, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Stephen Hahn, were unable to say exactly. How many Americans have been tested for Covid-19.
The only data they have comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health laboratories. The CDC has so far tested 1,583, and plus the number of public laboratories, only 5,861 Americans have been tested for Covid-19. For comparison, South Korea tests 10,000 people every day.
Until March 6, all corona virus deaths in the United States occurred in Washington state and California, but things changed when the Florida state health department recorded two deaths, both of which were Elderly people have a history of international travel. As of March 7, 270 people were monitoring symptoms, and 80 were waiting for the results of the tests.
There are signs that companies and organizations in the US begin to prepare for a long and difficult period when their operations are disrupted. Amtrak announced it would stop operating Acela trains from Washington D.C to New York. Stanford University in California for all students to study online. SalesForce, the largest employer software firm in San Francisco, has asked employees living in California to work from home until the end of this month.
Europe is overcast, Asia is bright
Meanwhile, a US Navy soldier in the Italian city of Naples became the first US soldier in Europe infected with the virus. Several other US citizens also tested positive for the virus while traveling on a yacht on the Egyptian Nile.
After recording more than 1,000 new infections within 24 hours, the Italian government made a strong decision to completely block Lombardy – the industrial and service center of the country.
The measure will affect the lives of 16 million people, or a quarter of Italy’s population, and is the first time such drastic measures have been taken outside of China.
The blockade order will at least disrupt the nation’s operations, when the northern region where much of its economic activity is concentrated is sealed off with the rest. The high-speed rail link between Milan and Rome will pause, visitors will not be able to Venice, and basically the Italian economy will slow down.
After Italy, Germany and France are the two countries with the most Covid-19 infections in Europe. Germany has 1,040 cases, but no deaths. France has 1,209 cases, including 3 members of the lower house, and 16 deaths. Spain also recorded more than 673 cases, with at least 3 deaths.
In the UK, meanwhile, the number of corona virus infections has increased from 209 to 273 in March 8, the largest increase within a day since Covid-19 appeared here. The Netherlands has so far had 265 cases of virus infection, with half of those returning from Italy.
Belgium, Sweden, Norway and Austria are the countries with more than 100 cases. Bulgaria is the only country in the European Union that has not reported any cases.
The situation appears to be brighter in Asia, China recorded only 44 new cases and 27 deaths on March 7, continuing the decline over the past few days. The possibility of the epidemic in Hubei province being lifted off the blockade in the coming days.
South Korea also recorded new cases below 300 cases, a significant drop from the virus’s spread in the previous week. The country now has 7,382 cases of Covid-19, still the largest outbreak in the world outside of China.
Japan also recorded only one infected person on March 8, a much smaller number than 44 new infections the day before. If not counting the cases on the Diamond Princess yacht, up to now, Japan has had 455 cases of corona virus.