Disaster status has been declared throughout the United States after the number of COVID-19 spreads and deaths at the highest level in the world.
Fox News reported that US President Donald Trump declared a disaster situation in the State of Wyoming on April 11. This means all 50 states across the US have been declared in a disaster status because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to the White House press secretary, Judson P. Deere, this is the first time President Trump has declared disaster status in all states at the same time.
NBC News reported that some regions of the US, such as the Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico, were also declared catastrophic.
Through disaster status declared throughout the United States allows states and territories to use federal funds to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.
All-State officials and doctors have worked hard to find ways to get essential medical supplies such as ventilators or personal protective equipment amid the increasing number of COVID-19 patients and hospital shortages.
The national disaster statement was given when the total number of US COVID-19 infections exceeded half a million people and total deaths were the highest in the world. According to the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the US confirmed a total of more than 527,000 people infected with COVID-19, of which 20,506 died.
The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States has surpassed Italy (19,468 cases) – the country that has been at the top of the world for several weeks in terms of COVID-19 deaths. According to Fox News, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US increased from 10,000 to more than 20,000 in just five days.
However, President Trump said there were signs that measures of social spacing were effective in the United States.
“Nationally, the number of new COVID-19 infections is decreasing significantly today. This is showing that we are close to the top of the epidemic and that the comprehensive US strategy has worked,” Trump said on April 11 at White House.
Mr. Andrew Cuomo – Governor of the State of New York has also agreed with Mr. Trump when the positive signs have appeared in the most populous city in the United States. According to him, the number of COVID-19 hospitalized infections and patients requiring positive care in New York City are getting down in the past few days.
Worldwide, more than 1.7 million people are infected and more than 100,000 people die from COVID-19.