Donald Trump mentioned hospital ships will probably be deployed to New York as his administration requested citizens cancel non-essential surgery.
Speaking at a now-daily press convention for the coronavirus task-force, Mr Trump mentioned that two hospital ships have been getting ready to head to New York, to help the healthcare system to deal with the inflow of sufferers.
Although they won’t be used to deal with COVID-19 sufferers, the ships will assist deal with different folks to permit hospitals to give attention to treating these affected by the outbreak – anticipating an additional vital rise in coronavirus instances.
Vice President Mike Pence, who’s heading up the task-force, additionally requested Americans to postpone elective surgical procedures, to permit hospitals to focus assets on the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr Trump additionally introduced he would signal the Defence Production Act, to make producers in the US to make up for the shortfall in medical provides.
“Right after we finish this conference, I’ll be signing it and it’s prepared to go,” he mentioned.
Other international coronavirus developments:
The US authorities can be ordering “thousands and thousands” of ventilators, in accordance to the president.
Speaking a few potential vaccine, he mentioned that scientific trials had stepped up and that one was now being examined on people – one thing the World Health Organisation refered to at its personal press convention in Geneva on Wednesday.
At the US press convention, the task-force additionally reiterated its name to younger folks to hear to authorities pointers that referred to as for a 15-day effort to slow the spread of the virus, including that they may very well be unwittingly spreading the virus – which will be transmitted by people who find themselves asymptomatic.
It comes the identical day as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed with Mr Trump to shut the border between their international locations to stem the rise in North American coronavirus instances.
The US will even cease all non-essential journey throughout its southern border in Mexico.
The variety of confirmed instances in the US stands at 7,324, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University, with 115 deaths.
The nation has stopped folks travelling in from most of Europe to fight new infections, whereas many cities have put shut downs in place to restrict folks’s actions.