Albany: As the number of confirmed coronavirus or COVID-19 cases in New York climbed to 89, governor Andrew M Cuomo declared a State of Emergency. The governor has claimed that the state of emergency declaration will speed up the purchasing of supplies and the hiring of workers who could assist local health departments, especially in monitoring those who are self-quarantined. Also Read - Coronavirus: China Reports 27 New Fatalities, Lowest Rise in Cases Since Jan; WHO Calls For Robust Measures
Notably, scores of people in the state currently under self-quarantine, including over 2,700 people in New York City.If reports are to be believed, most of them have returned from a country or a region where there is a COVID-19 outbreak. Also Read - 34 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases: How Virus Came to India Via Iran, Italy While All Eyes Were on China
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump seemed unaffected, as he hinted at continuing “Keep America Great” campaign despite surging coronavirus infections. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Cases Jump in Iran, Italy; Swab Samples of 100 Indians Brought to Delhi From Tehran
Speaking to reporters at his Mar a Lago resort in southern Florida, where he was hosting his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro, Trump struck a defiant tone.
“We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well, and we’ve done a fantastic job”, said the US president when asked if his “Keep America Great” campaign events would continue. On being asked if he was concerned that the virus had spread to within a few miles of the White House, Trump replied, “No, I’m not concerned at all.”
The US president remarks came at a time when number of fatalities from COVID-19 reached 19 and confirmed cases surpassed 400 in the country.
Trump has been facing flakfor repeatedly contradicting the advice of his administration’s own experts in his public pronouncements about the coronavirus. Earlier on Friday, while visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US president had remarked that the risk of having so many people in close proximity “doesn’t bother me at all.”