According to an estimation by the Johns Hopkins University, The United States of America has recorded as many as 2108 COVID related deaths between the 9th and 10th of April. This makes the US the first country to record more than 2000 deaths in one single day.
To date, the US has recorded 18,586 deaths which are pretty close to Italy (18,849 deaths). The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at about half a million.
Talking about the reopening of the US economy, President Donald Trump stated in a press conference, “I’m going to have to make a decision and I only hope to God that it’s the right decision. But I would say without question, it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,”
In a scenario where Trump will have to stand for re-election in November, it is understandable that he wants to get the economy up and running as soon as possible. However, re-opening the economy in a hurry could well turn out to be a boomerang. So indeed, it is a tough decision to make.
2000+ deaths in a day…USA already in a National disaster pic.twitter.com/rPjZs05fL4
— Nivas Rahmaniac (@NivasPokkiri) April 11, 2020
On the other hand, Donald Trump has threatened to stop US funding to the WHO, accusing them of taking a pro-China stance amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which originally started in China. However, he stated that he will make an official announcement about the same next week.
He clarified, “As you know, we have given them approximately $500 million a year, and we are going to be talking about that subject next week. We’ll have a lot to say about it,”
The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
Trump has blatantly accused China of non-disclosure of vital information regarding the pandemic, even deeming the virus as the ‘Chinese Virus’. However, the Chinese foreign ministry denied such allegations and termed the US’s stance on the matter as distorted and a political move to blame China for the pandemic.