The US added 40,000 infections and 2,700 deaths from Covid-19

Outside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, April 21. Photo: New York Times.
Outside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, April 21. Photo: New York Times.

The United States continues to be heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic with over 800,000 infections and 44,000 deaths.

The death toll in the United States, which has the highest number of cases and deaths in the world, has increased by 2,751 in the past 24 hours.

As of April 22 (Vietnam time), the US recorded a total of about 45,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University and the Worldometers website. This number has increased by about 1,500-2,500 shifts per day in recent days, according to the New York Times.

In the past 24 hours, the country recorded nearly 40,000 more cases.

The situation continues to be complicated

The number of deaths from Covid-19 in New York increased slightly, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on April 21, with 481 cases compared to 478 the day before. The total number of virus-related casualties in the state is 14,828. The total number of infections is more than 250,000, according to the New York Times.

But Mr. Cuomo said other figures showed the curve of the number of cases being flattened. The number of patients in the hospital decreased for 8 consecutive days, and the number of new hospitalizations was the lowest for three weeks. The number of people who had to be put on a breathing tube – the heaviest cases – dropped by 127, the biggest drop in a day, now down to 4,000.

Meanwhile, New Jersey state, on April 21, said there were 379 new deaths the day before, a record increase, bringing the total to 4,753 deaths. The state on April 21 recorded 3,643 new infections, totaling 92,387. However, New Jersey officials are optimistic when the number of patients on mechanical ventilation decreases.

There are optimistic signs that the peak has passed in New York, San Francisco or Seattle (new cases have stabilized, field hospitals have been lifted). But some states are growing rapidly, such as Massachusetts, which added 1,700 new cases on April 19, and Connecticut, whose total number of deaths doubled to 1,300 after a week.

Many small communities in the Midwest are also skyrocketing in the number of cases, indicating that the war in the US is still long, according to the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the state of Missouri on April 21 sued Chinese leaders for the Covid-19 epidemic, demanding compensation for what it described as “intentional deception and inadequate action to prevent the epidemic.” , according to AFP.

The case is filed in federal court, but the likelihood of success is far-fetched because US law often prohibits courts from suing foreign governments, according to a national immunity rule, according to AFP.

The US Senate approved the fourth bailout package, worth $ 483 billion

The bailout is now transferred to the House of Representatives. Photo: AP.
The bailout is now transferred to the House of Representatives. Photo: AP.

The US $ 483 billion bailout package was approved by the US Senate on April 21 after the MPs and the White House reached a consensus, thereby adding salary, hospital support and testing.

The bailout package was quickly approved and approved by all MPs, despite disagreements from some Republican MPs. President Trump has voiced support and promised to sign. The bailout is now transferred to the House of Representatives.

Nearly two weeks of negotiations, the deadlock finally led to a consensus for 483 billion USD – the fourth bailout package amid Washington is struggling to cope with the health and economic crisis.

This bailout was initially proposed by the Republic with a value of 250 billion USD to supplement the salary fund for small businesses, but then was added, becoming the second largest bailout of four rescue packages. support so far.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Minority Democrats, said the Democrats have added to the bill for hospital and testing grants.

According to the bill, which AP accesses, the majority of the bailout package, about $ 331 billion, will complement the wage assistance program for small business workers. $ 75 billion will go to hospitals, and $ 25 billion will be spent on testing.

To date, the US has tested about 4 million people, just over 1% of the population. The White House said the US had enough test suites to start easing the blockade, but most experts said the likelihood of testing should increase at least three times, not to mention more.

But the bailout still lacks support for state and local governments that are in severe budget deficits and find ways to avoid having to lay off employees or give them unpaid leave.

The lower house will be called back to Washington to vote on April 23. The House of Representatives will also vote on a procedural proposal, allowing remote voting for other jobs during a pandemic – this will be the first time. The US House of Representatives since its inception has always asked MPs to vote in person.

Although this is the second major bailout, the parties all say there may be additional support. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin outlined the infrastructure spending plan for the next bill. In addition, there is pressure to support small cities, with populations below 500,000, which were not supported by the largest $ 2,000 billion package last month.

April 21 is the second consecutive day that the number of virus infections in Italy has dropped, amid the country’s preparation to make a serious decision to prolong the nationwide blockade.

Accordingly, the number of people receiving Covid-19 treatment in Italy decreased 528 cases on April 21, to a total of 107,709 cases, according to official data. That number dropped by 20 on April 20 – the first in two months of the epidemic, according to AFP.

The number of deaths on April 21 increased 534 to 24,648, still the highest in Europe, the second highest in the world after the US.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said it would not be possible to fully reopen the country once the current blockade order ends May 3.

“I want to be able to say, open all doors immediately,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on April 21. “But such a decision would be irresponsible.”


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