Despite US President Trump’s optimistic predictions that the Coronavirus will be out by mid-April, Americans are on emergency alert for further expansion and rising numbers. Tonight (Wednesday-Thursday) the number of dead from Corona crossed the threshold of 1000, with 1,032 people dead in the United States, 68,421 infected, out of more than 15,000 in serious condition.
During the night, the U.S. Senate approved a federal aid program, the largest in history, under which every U.S. adult citizen would receive $1,200 support. An additional $500 will be provided for each child. The U.S. hospital system will receive $150 billion.
The aid plan was reached after talks that continued continuously from yesterday and during the night, between the White House, the Treasury Department, and the two-party congressional representatives.
As part of the package, $367 billion will be transferred to small business loans and $500 billion will be added to the budget to combat the crisis. No agreement has yet been reached on aid to airlines and the conditions for such assistance.
During a press conference last night, President Donald Trump was asked about his statements regarding the end of the United States’ recovery, with Trump stating that in the next two weeks, the state could return to normal. “I think there are some people who would like the crisis not resolved so quickly. I think there are some people who would like the economic situation to deteriorate as they think it will benefit them in the polls ahead of the elections.”
While President Trump was outraged about those reports, in Washington, DC, the mayor has ordered all non-essential businesses to be shut down for a month because of the outbreak of the virus in the city. A statement from the mayor’s office said: “This order temporarily requires the closure of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people.”
In New York, where nearly 18,000 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed, Mayor Bill De Blasio told reporters in an interview that, according to their estimates, half of Big Apple residents are likely to get the virus. The city reached 199 dead tonight. De Blasio told the reporters: “It’s a reasonable bet that half of all New Yorkers, and maybe even more, end up sticking to this disease. It is very worrying for us all, but we have to tell the truth.” If half of the city does get infected, that’s about 4.2 million people.