The United States became Thursday the country having recorded the greatest number of cases of new coronavirus. With more than 83,000 cases according to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has surpassed China, where the disease appeared in December, and Italy, which have respectively more than 81,000 and 80,000 cases, according to a count. of AFP.
The epidemic is growing exponentially in the United States and the country, which had initially observed the spread of the virus from afar, may soon become the epicenter of the pandemic.
Emergency number full
It is in New York, the economic capital known for its density, that the acceleration is strongest. The city alone has 281 deaths out of the 1201 deaths recorded in the country. The US emergency number is full: “We didn’t have that many calls on September 11,” 2001, said Anthony Almojeria, of emergency medical services.
The situation was also worrying in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans where the Mardi Gras carnival on February 25, attended by several hundreds of thousands of people, could have been the trigger of the contagion, according to experts.
“Stay at home, relax,” President Donald Trump asked the Americans at a daily press conference from the White House.
An “important initiative” with Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on the night of Thursday to Friday, after an interview with his American counterpart, that they were both preparing a “new important initiative” in the face of the pandemic.
“Very good discussion with @realDonaldTrump. Faced with the Covid-19 crisis, with other countries, we are preparing for the next few days an important new initiative, “tweeted Emmanuel Macron, without further details.
For its part, the White House has not mentioned such a project. She said the two leaders agreed “the importance of close cooperation through the G7, G20 and P5”, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
This “to help multilateral organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, quickly eliminate the pandemic and minimize its economic impact,” she said.
Unemployment benefit claims explode
In the United States, requests for unemployment benefits have exploded by 1000% the past week and reached a historic record. Donald Trump, who had bet heavily on the economy for his re-election in November, proposed a gradual resumption of activity in parts of the country less affected by the Covid-19.
The American Central Bank, for its part, promised on Thursday to continue lending money “aggressively” to put the world’s first economy back on track, the day after the Senate voted on a plan to support the American economy. 2.2 trillion dollars.