PANDEMIC – The situation keeps getting worse across the Atlantic. Over 24 hours, more than 1,160 people lost their lives due to the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

The massacre continues. Promised to become the new epicenter of the pandemic, with a quarter of the cases recorded in the United States have just established a new record loss: 1,169 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the count of the American university Johns Hopkins, who refers to. This brings the toll to more than 5,900 deaths across the country. Despite measures of social distancing, the balance sheet will continue to increase.

According to White House projections, the pandemic is expected to kill 100,000 to 240,000 people in the United States. Described by US President Donald Trump and some politicians as a “big cold” a few weeks ago, the coronavirus (Covid-19) turns out to be even more deadly every day than previously thought. Evidenced by the death of a newborn Wednesday in the state of Connecticut, while the children were so far relatively spared. The American president underwent a new test Thursday. It turned out to be negative for the second time.

New York, the first focus of the epidemic

New York City is concentrating the concerns, with more than 1,500 dead already. As before in Italy, Spain or France, hospitals lack protective equipment. “Soldiers do not go to war unarmed, why would medics work without protective equipment?” Thirty nurses had organized Thursday a rare demonstration in front of a New York hospital, to denounce the lack of masks and gowns.

On social networks, the images of caregivers carrying trash bags on their heads also shocked the inhabitants of the big apple. Since March 31, the Empire State Building has been transformed into a gigantic beacon in homage to the caregivers mobilized in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). From red to white, the lights mimic the frequency of a heartbeat.

Nearly 1,200 dead in the United States in 24 hours, unheard of

With an additional 1,169 deaths in 24 hours, the United States recorded its worst daily death toll from Covid-19 on Thursday. In New York, epicenter of the pandemic in the country, the mayor now recommends that residents cover their faces when they go out. As for the nursing staff, they still lack masks, gowns and respirators.

The United States has recorded an additional 1,169 deaths from the new coronavirus between Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2, according to Johns Hopkins University, which references. It is the worst daily record ever recorded in a country. The total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the country is now 5,949.

The previous record for the number of deaths in 24 hours in a country was observed on March 27 in Italy, with 969 deaths. The total death toll is still higher in Italy (13,915) and Spain (10,003) than in the United States. But, according to White House projections, the Covid-19 is expected to claim between 100,000 and 240,000 lives across the country.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, the United States also identified more than 30,000 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of officially reported cases in the country to more than 243,000. The country alone accounts for a quarter of global cases.

New Yorkers called to cover their faces

More than 1.3 million Covid-19 tests have been performed in the country, Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday at the White House Crisis Cell daily press conference on new coronavirus. “We now run more than 100,000 tests a day,” added President Donald Trump, “which is more than any country in the world,” both in absolute numbers and in proportion to the population (about 330 million inhabitants), he said.

The epicenter of the American epidemic is located in New York. The city alone has registered more than 1,500 deaths and is approaching 50,000 positive cases, according to figures released Thursday at the end of the day.

The mayor called on residents to cover their faces, recalling that studies have shown that the virus can be transmitted by people who have no symptoms of the disease. “It means that when you wear face protection, you protect everyone else,” said Bill de Blasio on Thursday, urging New Yorkers to use homemade scarves or masks due to reduced stocks of protective gear. medical.

Directives to be published

After being hesitant, the Trump administration appeared to join the recommendations on Thursday evening. Speaking at the White House media briefing, a member of the coronavirus task force said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be issuing guidelines on how to protect itself in the coming days. the face.

Deborah Birx, however, warned Americans, about 90% of whom have been instructed locally to stay confined except for essential activities, that “a false sense of security” should not be developed by thinking that a mask is enough to protect oneself completely from the coronavirus.

Donald Trump, however, only said that Americans could wear a protective mask if they wished. The President added that scarves could be just as effective at covering the mouth and nose.

Lack of medical equipment

Jared Kushner, advisor to Donald Trump and also a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, said the federal government would send some 200,000 protective masks to the New York public health system. 95 for health personnel.

In addition, Donald Trump invoked his special powers on Thursday to speed up the production of respiratory ventilation devices. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo warned Thursday that the city had enough to last just six days.

” If the rate of people who are hospitalized and in need of respirators continues, we can hold about six days with our stock. If a peak occurs in this interval, if it increases, if it lasts longer, we will have a respiratory problem, “

Andrew Cuomo