More than 100 people die of coronavirus in one day in America for the first time


The US coronavirus toll surpassed 500 on Monday as the total number of cases went past 41,000 and fifteen states went into various forms of lock-down. 

The death toll from the virus in America is now 554, a sharp rise of more than 100 people in one day. Experts say the spike is yet to come and that the current state of crisis will last for another several months, at least. 

Over the past week, there have been a surge of new cases as testing across the country increases. On Monday alone, more than 11,000 new positive cases were confirmed. 

President Trump is yet to mandate a national lock-down because the problem is worse in some states than in others.

Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia were the latest states to tell residents to stay at home and the city of Denver is urging its resident to. 

Now, 16 are under stay-at-home rules. New York and California were the first, along with Washington state.

New York is by far the worst affected state in the country, with more than 20,000 of the cases in the US occurring there. An astonishing 12,000 are in New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the worst was yet to come and that we were currently in the ‘calm before the storm’. 

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As of Wednesday, the number of new deaths per day was more than 100

This graph shows how the number of new cases in the United States per day compares with Italy over the past five days

This graph shows how the number of new cases in the United States per day compares with Italy over the past five days  

The states are now urging President Trump to enact the Defense Production Act to instruct private companies to manufacture the medical supplies and equipment that the country desperately needs. 

He is resisting and is instead trying to make deals with the private sector which involves them putting together their own set of plans and commitments to address the crisis while still being able to thrive as independent enterprises. 

The president has also suggested that he will re-assess the national rules – to stay inside as much as possible and wash your hands – in 15 days. 

The Surgeon General has said already he does not believe it will ‘likely’ be enough. 

In New York, Gov. Cuomo said the crisis could last another ‘several’ months. He is urging Americans to ‘settle in’ to the current state of quarantine and to  get used to it.  

On Monday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, closed all businesses that are ‘not necessary to sustain or protect life.’ 

There are now more than 187 million people in various forms of lockdown across America as states choose to shut down non-essential businesses to battle the spread of coronavirus 

Medical personnel in hazmat suits at a drive-thru testing facility in Indianapolis on Monday

Medical personnel in hazmat suits at a drive-thru testing facility in Indianapolis on Monday 

The National Guard has deployed to New York and were setting up the Javits Center on Monday afternoon

The National Guard has deployed to New York and were setting up the Javits Center on Monday afternoon 

‘This disease can’t spread from person to person if we’re not out there. 

‘Right now, too many people are still out and about unnecessarily, so we must do more. 

‘If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives,’ she said. 

Massachusetts also issued a stay-at-home order to its 7million residents. 

‘These aggressive social distancing measures put in place today are designed to give public experts the time they need to ramp up additional steps that must be taken to effectively push back the virus,’ Gov. Charles Baker said. 

West Virginia has also issued a stay-at-home order. It was the last state to report a coronavirus case. Governor Jim Justice however is implementing the  order starting Tuesday night. 

‘From the standpoint of cases, as of last night we had 16 positive cases in our state,” Gov. Justice said. “One of those cases is a lady in a nursing home. 

‘This is the first case we’ve had of community transmission and so this is really significant,’ he said. 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb told his constituents: ‘I’m telling you, the next two weeks are critical — that’s March 24 through April 7 — if we’re going to slow the spread, and we must slow the spread.’

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Monday 'things will get bad' this week

Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Monday ‘things will get bad’ this week 

The Surgeon General has urged the nation to ‘come together’ to fight coronavirus and warned: ‘This week, it’s going to get bad’ in a plea to the public to stay indoors and stop spreading the deadly disease.

Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on Today on Monday morning to tell young Americans who are still going out and socializing despite being warned to stay indoors and distance themselves by 6ft.

He fumed over the number of people still going out in large groups and referred to the shocking number of crowds he saw in Washington DC via a webcam set up for people to virtually enjoy the famous cherry blossom blooms.

‘I want America to understand. This week, it’s going to get bad. We really need to come together as a nation. You’re seeing young people out in beaches – here in DC.

‘The district set up a cam to watch the cherry blossoms. You look on the cam and you see more people than cherry blossoms. This is how the spread is occurring.

‘We really, really need everyone to stay at home. I think there are a lot of people who are doing the right thing. But unfortunately we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them.’

Dr. Adams said the US demography is younger than other countries. Nearly 30 percent of the cases were among people under the age of 45.

‘The demography seems to be very different in the US versus in other countries. There are theories that it could be because we know we have a higher proportion of people in the US and also in Italy who vape – we don’t know if that’s the only cause.

‘It’s important for people to know: You can get this disease, you can be hospitalized from this disease, you can die from this disease.

‘Most importantly, you can spread it to your loved ones.

‘We need you to really lean in. That’s why I reached out and I want to give a shoutout to Kylie Jenner who really stepped up last week and sent out a message,’ he said.

Dr. Adams also said the figures in New York – where there are more than 12,000 cases of the virus, more than five percent of the total cases in the world – reflect ‘what happens two weeks ago’.

‘We don’t want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York and it means everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now and it means stay at home.’ 

Governors complain of ‘disgusting’ bidding war between states and the federal government for medical supplies as it’s revealed surgical masks that cost 85 cents before the coronavirus pandemic are now being sold for $7 EACH 

State and city leaders have revealed that they are having to bid against each other for crucial medical supplies like ventilators and surgical masks because Trump won’t put into action the Defense Production Act which would steady prices.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a chorus of leaders asking Trump to start nationalizing the system to allow the federal government to buy the supplies then distribute them fairly to where they needed to be.

In order to do that, Trump must tell the manufacturers behind the supplies to make what the country needs, then buy them from them and divvy them up.

He has not yet done that, saying he does not – as the president – want to interfere with businesses and their freedoms to produce what they see fit for the market.

On Sunday night, he said: ‘We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker have complained about the bidding war they are in for vital equipment 

‘How did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.’

According to The New York Times, he has been advised against it by the Chamber of Commerce which believes businesses need to be able to remain nimble and able to adapt – without being subject to government restrictions – during such uncertain times.

But governors and mayors are crying out for it, saying they are being priced out of getting what they need.

Cuomo revealed that N-95 masks – which cost 85 cents to buy before the pandemic – are now being sold for $7, an increase of 823 percent.

Not only are the states having to bid against each other, but they are also having to bid against FEMA , representing the federal government- and all the foreign governments still trying to cope with their own coronavirus crises.

‘We have been scrambling. We’re buying from China, we’re buying from all across the world.

‘Can I say that we’ll have enough equipment for next week? The week after? I can’t say that, and that’s out of our control. That’s where we’re going to need the federal government.

Donald Trump is under mounting pressure to enact the Defense Production Act

Donald Trump is under mounting pressure to enact the Defense Production Act 

‘To have states competing with other states, to find these equipment, bidding against other states, driving the price up, masks that we paid 85 cents for we are now paying $7. Why? Because California is bidding, Texas is bidding, Illinois is bidding, it makes no sense.

‘The federal government much nationalize the equipment production and supply issue,’ Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the ‘opportunism’ at play was ‘disgusting.’

‘I’ve been hearing stories last few days from my Emergency Management team where they expected millions of masks to come in and they had to tell me that somehow we got outbid somewhere else in the world and they’re going someplace else.

‘The price gouging that’s happening here and, bluntly, the opportunism by some, is disgusting.

‘So, there’s not now a national mechanism for ensuring and there has to be. And I talked to the president, vice president about this.

‘There has to be a national intervention by the federal government to say, okay, here is the place first that needs the ventilators and the masks, here’s second, here’s third.

‘And that’s where they’re going to go. Not an open market based on who can spend the most money and make the quickest deal.

New York is at least are at the top of the list to receive supplies because it has the highest number of cases in the US.

‘The price gouging that’s happening here and, bluntly, the opportunism by some, is disgusting.

‘So, there’s not now a national mechanism for ensuring and there has to be. And I talked to the president, vice president about this.

‘There has to be a national intervention by the federal government to say, okay, here is the place first that needs the ventilators and the masks, here’s second, here’s third.

‘And that’s where they’re going to go. Not an open market based on who can spend the most money and make the quickest deal.

New York is at least are at the top of the list to receive supplies because it has the highest number of cases in the US. 

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