White House holds coronavirus briefing, as US death toll nears 10,000

  • White House holds coronavirus briefing, as US death toll nears 10,000

White House holds coronavirus briefing, as US death toll nears 10,000

Americans are prepare themselves for the pandemic - which has already cost 9,171 lives in the U.S. - to peak over the next fortnight.

"We need a national mobilization of the manufacturing base of the United States as we started on December 8, 1941", Inslee said, calling on President Trump to authorize the Defense Production Act.

The United States on Sunday reached the grim milestone of recording the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in any country in a day - almost 1500 - with the national death count heading past 9000 amid warnings of an upcoming "Pearl Harbor moment" and fears of civil unrest.

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, U.S. surgeon general, joins Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday'.

"It's going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives". "It's going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that".

"This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing their hands". New York's deaths fell for the first time one day after reporting 630 Saturday.

"The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now", he said. On March 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told lawmakers COVID-19 was "about 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu", NPR reported. The raging pandemic is also starting to have a more adverse effect on the poor, many of whom do not have the luxury of social distancing and isolation in search of a daily living.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, was admitted to a hospital for tests, in what his office said was a "precautionary step" and that he remains in charge of the government. Pence added, "We are beginning to see glimmers of progress".

While most states have adopted restrictions on people's movement, a few states have declined to order residents to stay home. Nine governors have resisted such a move, prompting many to call for Trump to issue an order for people to stay home across the USA.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said that the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, which have been deployed to both U.S. coasts, could open up to coronavirus patients in New York City and Los Angeles if necessary.

"After multiple conversations with the White House, we've secured an additional 500 ventilators", New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy posted on Twitter in Sunday. "But I am confident that we can come out on the other side, based on the data and based on what I know about the American people".

Dr Fauci pleaded with the governors to reconsider.

"It isn't that they're putting the rest of the country at risk as much as they're putting themselves at risk. There is hope but we all have got to do our part".

The coronavirus epidemic has thrown the presidential election timetable into disarray. Georgia, Wyoming, Louisiana and Hawaii have cancelled or postponed their primaries.