Trump has activated the national guard, Merkel in quarantine: the latest news about the coronavirus in the world
On the night of Monday, March 23, seven Russian Il-76 military transport aircraft delivered military specialists and equipment for the fight against coronavirus to Italy. Writes about this with the BBC.
The fact that Russia will assist Italy in the fight against the virus became known on Saturday after a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
In total, a group of 100 people was sent to Italy, which included specialists in the field of virology and epidemiology, as well as medical teams, equipment for diagnosis and disinfection.
The number of infected with the coronavirus COVID-19 in Italy almost reached 60 thousand people, almost 5,5 thousand people died. Italy is in second place in terms of the number of people infected after China and in first in the number of deaths in the world.
The United States came in third in terms of the number of confirmed cases over the weekend, with over 35 people infected there. The most difficult situation is in New York, which has actually become the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States.
New York accounts for about 5% of all coronavirus infections in the world. On Sunday, March 22, it became known that almost 100 police officers, who ensure order in the city, were infected with the virus.
Spain ranks third in the number of cases of coronavirus detected in the world. On Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Spain had taken the toughest quarantine measures in Europe and some of the toughest in the world.
A week ago, Spain introduced high alert for the next two weeks, restricting the movement of people. On the eve it became known that the government could send a request to parliament about the possibility of extending this regime until April 11.
Germany is in fifth place in terms of the number of infected people in the world. The authorities of this country have decided to tighten measures on the freedom of movement of people - in particular, it is now prohibited to gather in groups of more than two people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced these measures on Sunday, March 22. Immediately after the briefing, she herself had to go to quarantine - it turned out that the doctor who had given her a preventive vaccine had contracted the coronavirus.
In Britain, pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are closed from midnight Saturday, March 21; all residents of the country are encouraged to stay at home and give the opportunity to use public transport only to those who really need it.
British newspapers write about the ultimatum that the Prime Minister of the country, Boris Johnson, actually presented to the inhabitants of the United Kingdom: either they listen to the recommendations of the authorities, or they will face the same severe restrictions that have been introduced in France, Spain and Italy.
“We will be very actively thinking about this over the next 24 hours. If people cannot use parks and playgrounds responsibly and abide by the two-meter rule, then we will have to resort to more stringent measures, ”Johnson said.
The Times quotes a senior British government official who considers such a development unavoidable.
“The Prime Minister will receive the full support of the cabinet and the country as a whole if he takes this step,” the source said. - It's inevitable, just look at other countries. The sooner this happens, the better. ”
Will the Tokyo Olympics be?
The International Olympic Committee has not yet begun to postpone the Olympics in Tokyo, which should begin in late July. IOC Head Thomas Bach said the final decision will be made within four weeks.
The media say that the organizing committee of the Olympics began to consider alternatives to the Games this summer, despite the assurances of the Japanese government that the transfer of the competition is not discussed.
The organizers of the Olympics were under the powerful pressure of sports federations, insisting on the transfer of the Games. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not rule out the postponement of the Olympic Games if they were not possible.
Canada, and then Australia, decided not to send their athletes to the Olympics and urged to postpone it for a year.
Weinstein infected with coronavirus
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, whom the court had previously sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of sexual assault, was infected with a coronavirus.
After that, Weinstein was isolated.
According to the publication, the producer could become infected in a New York prison on the island of Rikers. After the coronavirus test gave a positive result, Weinstein was transferred to another prison and placed in an isolated unit.
Weinstein representatives did not confirm the infection information.
The situation in the USA
President Donald Trump sends the national guard to the three states that are most affected by the coronavirus epidemic: California, New York and Washington, writes "Voice of America".
During a one and a half hour press conference at the White House on Sunday, March 22, in the evening, the president announced that the National Guard would be under the leadership of three governors, helping to deploy federal medical centers and distribute hundreds of tons of masks, gowns, respirators and other items.
Trump has already issued declarations declaring New York, Washington, and California to be major disaster zones.
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Several governors, including the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, called on the White House to give nationwide work to provide the country with medical supplies. According to them, state leaders compete with each other to get their hands on what they have at their disposal.
“The federal government should order factories to produce masks, lab coats, mechanical ventilation devices, the necessary medical equipment, which will determine the life or death of people,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “It is not difficult to produce masks, personal protective equipment, and bathrobes, but we need companies that will do this.”
Trump said the US Navy's medical ship Mercy will be deployed in the Los Angeles area, and another, Comfort, will be directed to the east coast in a few weeks and is likely to dock in New York's harbor.
Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Anti-Coronavirus Working Group, said all commercial laboratories in the US should give priority to testing coronavirus patients in hospitals.
Pence, who himself passed the coronavirus test and received a negative result, called the procedure uncomfortable. To take the analysis, the technician takes a swab from the nasal cavity or posterior pharyngeal wall to collect the cells.
He said that at the moment, analyzes were taken from 254 thousand Americans. Pence said new test systems that deliver results in about 45 minutes will be ready by the end of March.
US chief surgeon Jerome Adams said that only one out of ten people undergoing testing for coronavirus has a positive result.
When asked whether illegal immigrants can be tested in hospitals or clinics without fear of being detained, Trump answered in the affirmative.
“If there is no such policy, then I will introduce such a policy,” he added.
The closure of shops and restaurants, cinemas, and other entertainment venues, as well as the requirement for people to stay at home, all hurt the US economy.
Wall Street's record loss, expected unemployment and a possible recession are tangible signs that coronavirus is turning the lives of the world's 7 billionth population upside down.
However, Trump expressed confidence that the US economy will necessarily rise when the country triumphs over the "hidden enemy."
During the press conference, Trump did not use the word “coronavirus”, but twice called it “Chinese virus”, ignoring those who believe that such words border on racism.
Trump denies any racist intentions, but expressed disappointment that China rejected US offers of help when the epidemic began.
The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly asked people to use its scientific name COVID-19 to designate a disease.
In response to criticism because of a lack of understanding of the seriousness of the situation, Trump promised that he would always fight for every American.
As of the beginning of the day on March 23, almost 350 thousand cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the world, about 15 thousand people died.
As reported by ForumDaily:
- A new virus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. In 2020, it covered all continents except Antarctica. On March 11, US President Donald Trump imposed a ban on entry from the EU. The ban came into force on Friday, March 13, and will last at least 30 days. In particular, it will concern people who have visited the Schengen area over the past 14 days.
- March 13, Trump introduced a nationwide emergency regime in the US due to coronavirus.
- On March 11, WHO recognized the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, which covered more than 110 countries. Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease Available here.
- Virologist's tips on how to protect yourself from infection - link.
- Taking advantage of the panic in the society because of the epidemic, fraudsters came up with several schemes to deceive victims of personal data and money. The most common ones can be found here.
- Having succumbed to panic due to a state of emergency, Americans are massively buying toilet paperbut they cannot explain why they need it during the epidemic.
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