US reports second death from coronavirus as New York City confirms first case

Washington state health officials said on Sunday that a second person infected with the coronade virus died there, while the governor of New York said his state had confirmed his first case of the disease.

Washington’s death occurred in the Seattle area and was reported on the website of the Seattle and King County public health department. The same officials reported the first coronation virus death in the United States on Saturday.

New York State has confirmed its first positivecoronavirustest, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday evening.

He wrote on Twitter that a woman in her thirties had contracted the coronary virus on a recent trip to Iran and was in quarantine at home. He did not say where the woman lived, but the New York Times, citing anonymous state officials, said the woman was in New York.

“The patient has respiratory symptoms but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York,” said Cuomo.

At the federal level, the administration of President Donald Trump rushed Sunday to reassure Americans as the disease spreads and companies cancel conferences and flights.

Administration officials tried to allay market fears that coronavir could cause a global recession, saying that the public had overreacted and that stocks would rebound due to the underlying strength of the economy US.

Washington State confirmed on Sunday two other cases in a long-term care facility where a resident and a worker were also tested positive for forcoronavirus and 50 residents and staff were showing symptoms.

More than 70 cases have been reported in the United States, most on the West Coast, but new cases in the Chicago and Rhode Island area, with the exception of New York.

Stock markets plunged last week, a global equity index registering its biggest weekly decline since the 2008 financial crisis, and more than $ 5 trillion wiped out the value of stocks worldwide.

A key energy conference in Houston, bringing together petroleum ministers and energy companies, was canceled on Sunday, CERAWeek organizers noted that border health controls are becoming more restrictive and companies have started banning non-essential movement to protect workers.

A conference on the world economy with Pope Francis, scheduled for Italy at the end of the month, was also canceled.

‘We are ready’

Trump said on Sunday that travelers to the United States from countries at high risk for coronosis virus should be screened before boarding and upon arrival, without specifying which countries.

Delta Air Lines Inc. said on Sunday that it will suspend flights to Milan in northern Italy until May, where most of the country’s coronaviruscases have been reported. Flights will continue to Rome. American Airlines Group Inc announced a similar decision on Saturday.

The United States has 75,000 test kits for the throat virus and will increase that number “dramatically” in the coming weeks, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told ABC on Sunday. This week”.

Vice President Mike Pence said the government has hired 3M Co to produce an additional 35 million respirators per month. He urged Americans not to buy the masks, which he said were only needed by health care workers. Honeywell International Inc. is the other major American producer of masks.

He also told Fox News that clinical trials of the acoronavirus vaccine will start in six weeks, but that a vaccine is unlikely to be available this season.

Democrats, who will challenge Trump for president in the Nov. 3 election, criticized his administration for understating the crisis and failing to prepare for the spread of the disease in the United States.

Pence, who Trump appointed last week to lead the White House virus response to the White House, said that Americans should prepare for more cases, but that the “vast majority” of those who contracted the illness would recover.

“Aside from the areas where there are individuals who have been infected with the coronavirus, people need to understand that for the average American, the risk remains low. We are ready,” Pence told “Meet the Press” at NBC.

The United States has placed limits on travelers who have visited Iran and has advised against travel to the most affected regions of Italy and South Korea.

Trump said on Saturday that the United States is also considering closing the country’s southern border with Mexico to control the spread of the virus, adding, “We hope we don’t have to.”

Mexico has reported four coronaviruscases. His foreign ministry said on Saturday that the two governments were “in close and effective communication, especially with health officials.”

(Reuters)