For the first time since the outbreak began, China reported no new local infection, signs epidemic may be coming under control. In the US, President Trump called the law of war to press companies to produce medical supplies.
Australia will ban all foreigners entering the beginning of the country on Friday,
For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began China on Thursday reported no new local infections for the previous day, a milestone in a costly battle with a plague that has since become a pandemic, upending our daily lives and economic activities worldwide.
Officials say 34 cases of the new coronavirus has been confirmed, all involving people who come to China from elsewhere.
signaled that an end to the epidemic in China may seem, the announcement could pave the way for officials to focus more on reviving the country’s economy, which nearly stalled after the government imposed travel restrictions and quarantine measures. In recent days, economic life has resumed in fits and starts.
However, China is not out of danger yet. Experts have said that it would need to see at least 14 consecutive days without a new infection for the outbreak to be considered truly ended. It remains to be seen whether the virus will reappear once daily lives restart and lifted travel restrictions across the country.
“It’s very clear that the measures taken in China has nearly ended their first wave of infection,” said Ben Cowling, a professor and head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Hong Kong University School of Public Health. “The question is what will happen if there is a second wave, due to the type of action that China has implemented may not be sustainable in the long term.”
To contain the outbreak, authorities closed schools and workplaces and imposed travel restrictions and quarantine broad swath of the population and many visitors from abroad. Since January, more than 50 million people in the central province of Hubei, including the capital, Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has been subjected to a strict lockdown.
Government Trump Wednesday expand the government’s response to coronavirus pandemic and spelled out the first details of the economic package of $ 1 trillion, is asking Congress for infusion of $ 500 billion for direct payments to taxpayers and $ 500 billion in loans to businesses.
President Trump called a rare -used the law of war allows the government to press into service the American industry to increase production of medical supplies. He said he would send two military hospital ship to New York and California.
He also directed federal agencies to suspend all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April as a full economic toll the crisis began to set in around the world. And he agrees with Canada across the northern border.
After weeks of playing down the outbreak, Mr. Trump appeared on Wednesday to fully embrace the scope of the disaster, said he saw himself as a wartime president and invoke memories of the efforts made by Americans during World War II.
“It is time we,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference at the White House. “We have to sacrifice together because we are all together, and we will come through it together. It’s an invisible enemy. “
All sectors of the American economy, threatens to destroy the business, putting millions of people out of work and forcing lawmakers to consider that would dwarf the federal government’s response to the crisis of 2008.
scale of the problem is something you do not like Washington has faced before: the financial crisis, which sent unemployment soared to 10 percent, based on foreclosures and the banking sector during the crisis emerged from dozens of places as well as restaurants and cinemas were closed, factories close and aircraft, common rail and bus.
economists fear that in time to subside pandemic coronavirus and resume economic activities, the whole industry could be removed, owners across the country could lose their businesses and millions of workers could find themselves unemployed
-. not just those in their 70s, 80s and 90s – were seriously sickened by a coronavirus, according to a report on almost 2,500 cases in the United States.
, issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that – as in other countries – the oldest patients are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill or dying. But from 508 patients known coronavirus has been hospitalized in the United States, 38 percent of mainly young – between 20 and 54. And nearly half of the 121 most sick patients studied – those who cared for the intensive care unit – are adults under 65.
“I think everyone should pay attention to this,” said Stephen S. Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. “It’s not just going to be parents. There will be age 20 and up person. “
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the task force of government coronavirus Trump, appealed on Wednesday for people of millennials stop socializing in groups and to take care to protect themselves and others.
“You have the potential then spreads to someone who does not have a condition that none of us know about, and cause them to have disastrous results,” said Dr. Birx.
in the CDC report, 20 percent of inpatients and 12 percent of intensive care patients are between the ages of 20 and 44, basically includes the millennial generation.
President Trump has defended his practice of increasingly frequent call “,” ignoring the growing chorus of criticism that the term racist and anti-Chinese.
Experts have said that the virus label as China will ratchet up tensions between the two countries and the results in this kind of xenophobia that American leaders should avoid.
“The use of the term is not only corrosive vis-à-vis global audience, including here at home, it also triggers the narrative in Chinese hatred wider American and fear not only the Chinese Communist Party but China and Chinese people in general, “said Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
at the White House briefing on Tuesday, Mr Trump told reporters that he enclosed “China” with the name of the virus to combat the misinformation campaign promoted by Beijing officials that the US military is the source of the outbreak.
“I do not appreciate the fact that China is saying that our military give it to them,” said Mr. Trump. “I think that says that our military give it to them creates a stigma.”
Then on Wednesday morning, he was sharply called “China virus.” Asked about the terms at a later date, he insisted that he only pointed to the fact :. That the disease was first detected in China
Public health officials have tried to avoid names that may lead to discriminatory behavior towards a place or ethnic group has since released for naming the virus in 2015, the White House condemned what it called ” false rage media, “refers to a disease of the past which have been named after the place, including the Ebola virus and West Nile virus.
in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia on Thursday banned all foreigners and non-residents entering the country, became the latest world leader to impose wide-sweeping journey forbid since the pandemic is declared.
The ban will go into effect on Friday and follow the same orders and.
Mr Morrison said he had consulted with the Prime Minister’s Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand about the ban said it was “important to take further steps to limit the spread of coronavirus.”
“We have seen a very significant reduction in the journey to Australia by immigrants and population,” he added, citing the fact that 80 per cent of cases in the country has been linked to a trip abroad.
Australia has recorded 568 cases and six deaths, a figure that reflects the state is still limited testing protocol, experts said.
Australian citizens and residents are still able to enter the country from abroad, but have to quarantine themselves for 14 days after returning.
Earlier this week, the island state of Tasmania issued an order that Australia from another part of the country should self-isolate upon entering. Mr Morrison also issued rare for Australians who want to go abroad, advising them not to travel at all anywhere in the world.
This could be a moment of Estonia.
As Europe battered by the coronavirus, a small Baltic nation should be relatively resilient. Estonia is known as one of the most tech-savvy in the world, potentially a great benefit as economic activity outbreak forces online
And then there is Southern Europe, which bear the brunt of the last major economic crisis and will suffer the most. Countries such as Greece and Italy and is still suffering from the lingering effects of the eurozone debt crisis over the last decade, including an austerity program that leaves their health care system ill prepared for a pandemic.
But even regarded as an exemplary country’s competitiveness, such as Germany and the Netherlands, may turn out to have the disadvantage that, until a few weeks ago, is regarded as a strength.
, for example, has dominated the luxury car business. But the virus hit their dependence on sales in China, and now they are closing factories throughout the region.
Politicians, celebrities, social media influencers and even N.B.A. players have been tested for the new coronavirus. But as it grows from day to day, so also the question of whether they get.
Some of the high profile of these people say they feel ill and have a good reason to be tested. Others argue that they were found to be infected and then isolated itself provides a good example to the community.
But the testing is still in short supply in these areas of the country, leaving health care workers and many sick people were able to get a diagnosis, several leading figures have obtained the test without showing any symptoms or have contacts who are known to someone who have the virus, as required by some manual testing. Others have declined to specify how they are tested.
the case has sparked accusations of elitism and privileges of the testing system has been plagued by delays and confusion, and now stirred a national debate new that has reached the White House – President Trump on Wednesday’s press conference whether the “go well connected to the front line “
” you have to ask them that question, “he said, pointing out that should not happen. “Maybe that’s the story of life. It happens on occasion, and I noticed where some people have been tested quite fast “
The question burst out of public view this week after the Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that four of their players -. Including Kevin Durant, one of the biggest stars in the NBA – had tested positive. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York criticized the dynamic, that while he wished the athletes “a speedy recovery,” he did not think N.B.A. who should get tests for athletes while critically ill patients kept waiting.
“The test is not to be for the rich, but for the sick,” he wrote.
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Reporting and research contributed by Javier Hernández C., Katie Rogers, Lara Jakes, Ana Swanson, Nicholas Fandos, Emily Cochrane, Megan Twohey, Steve Eder and Marc Stein.
Updated March 17, 2020
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