The number of corona virus deaths in the US exceeded 16,000 on April 9 after New York continued to record a record number of deaths per day with 799 cases.
With more than 16,000 deaths, the United States is second only to Italy in terms of deaths from Covid-19.
In neighboring Canada, the government projects about 11,000-22,000 people may die.
In the middle of a US Congress disagreeing on an additional economic bailout package, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a loan support program worth up to $ 2,300 billion to “minimize losses.” harm and bring about the most stability possible during this limited period of economic activity ”.
Specifically, the Fed will urgently pump $ 2,300 billion into the economy, primarily by buying bonds from local governments and expanding the purchase of corporate bonds, including high-risk bonds that were previously available. rarely bought.
This bond buying program, far beyond what the Fed once supported in the 2008 financial crisis, aims to consolidate the money for localities and businesses, which are now financially strained.
However, Jerome Powell warned the unemployment rate in the US is rising to “very high” with “alarming speed”. Nearly 17 million Americans have lost their jobs since mid-March.
President Trump said at a news conference on April 9 that pharmaceutical firm Pfizer had found “a promising new treatment that could prevent the virus from replicating”, hoping to begin clinical trials “very soon”. .
He added that thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) push to approve drugs, 19 treatments are being tested and 26 are “being planned for testing.” ”.
President Trump said the US had “bought and stored millions of doses” of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug he promoted was effective in the fight against Covid-19. But scientists, including Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there was no clinical evidence that the drug could effectively treat the disease.
Regarding concerns about a lack of ventilators, Mr. Trump said: “We don’t hear too much about ventilators anymore.” Some states have enough ventilators. But that does not mean there will be no shortage. The whole country has 173,000 breathing machines, according to the medical security center of John Hopkins University.
But experts from Harvard Medical School predict the United States may need 31 times that number to treat the coming wave of Covid-19 patients.
At a press conference the evening of April 9 (US time), US Vice President Mike Pence, who is also the head of the government’s anti-Covid-19 task force, said the White House is considering whether it is possible for Medical personnel wear reusable protective gear, instead of disposable one. Hospitals may need to “reuse protective vests” to extend supplies.
More than 100,000 Americans are being tested for coronavirus every day, Mr. Pence said.
Although the United States now has more than 1,000 deaths a day, the number of new infections is declining in areas where strict social separation measures have been taken for more than two weeks, giving little hope. Commenting on the record high number of deaths in New York over the past few days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was cases and hospitalizations soaring from the previous weeks that did not survive.