Corona Virus Worsens throughout the world. The Corona Virus is wreaking havoc around the globe, and the US response is ramping their response.
President Trump’s top emergency management official said on Sunday that areas and localities not severely affected by the outbreak would simply have to wait for supplies such as hospital masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies.
“There’s hundreds of requests — virtually every state in the union looking for the same thing, and it’s not just the demand nationally, it’s a demand globally for these items,” said Peter T. Gaynor, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he added, “If you don’t need it right away, you’re going to be a little bit farther down the list.”
According to Mr. Gaynor, the states hardest hit are New York, Washington, and California. As of today, there are more than 24,300 cases of the corona virus.
The number of infected could be substantially more, however. The number of confirmed cases relies on the availability of testing. As more testing happens, the number of cases is expected to soar, as has happened in New York.
Governor Cuomo of New York said on Sunday at a news conference that there are now 15,168 confirmed cases in the state of New York. More than half of the cases are 18-49 year olds.
Mr. Cuomo said. “This is not life as usual.”
Mr. Cuomo also said that FEMA would erect four hospitals inside the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Officials throughout the country have called on President Trump to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to mobilize the private sector to produce scarce goods.
Mr. Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that Ford, General Motors and Tesla were being approved to make ventilators and other “metal products.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, said there were still not enough supplies at hospitals in her district.
“The fact that the president has not really invoked the Defense Production Act for the purposes of emergency manufacturers is going to cost lives,” she said on “State of the Union.”
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