(Washington, DC) – Lawmakers are pressing CDC Director Robert Redfield about the growing coronavirus threat.
During a House hearing, Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro stressed that it is a real and growing crisis. She argued that the U.S. is behind the curve on the availability and distribution of coronavirus test kits. Redfield said health officials are working hard to push accurate tests out as quickly as possible. He cited a government “regulatory process” that had to be navigated.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole said a “deadly new disease is just a plane ride away.” He noted that there is a long road ahead with many unknowns.
New York Democrat Nita Lowey called the coronavirus crisis an emergency and criticized the Trump administration’s response.
Meantime, California Democrat Barbara Lee noted that store shelves have been stripped of hand sanitizer and said many people need it if they can’t get to a source of hot water and soap. Redfield said he could not address shortages in the consumer supply chain but he vowed to look into it.
The number of deaths in the United States from the coronavirus is topping 100. West Virginia reported its first case of the virus making the total number of cases in the U.S. is just over 58-hundred. A large majority are being reported in New York and Washington state. Cases have now been confirmed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Illinois reported its first death today as a result of the virus, joining 18 total states. Nearly 85-percent of those who have died were older than 60 and about 45-percent were older than 80. Of the first 100 reported fatalities, many people appear to have had underlying health conditions including diabetes and kidney disease.
(London, England) — Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made their final appearance as senior royals Monday for the annual Commonwealth Day service.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Queen Elizabeth and other British royal family members at Westminster Abbey.
The televised ceremony was expected to be Harry and Meghan’s last royal turn with the rest of the Windsors before they jet off to North America to start a new chapter in their life.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The director of the CDC says the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow. Doctor Robert Redfield told reporters the number has gone over 600 cases, but the increase was expected as time goes on.
Cases have been reported in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia. Redfield says they are keeping an eye on several community outbreaks.
He argued that despite the increase in cases, the risk of the illness to Americans remains low.
Five members of Congress are now isolated after being exposed to someone with coronavirus. And two of them spent time with President Trump.
Matt Gaetz of Florida was on Air Force One today and Doug Collins of Georgia shook Trump’s hand Friday. Both men decided to stay home out of caution.
Same goes for California Congresswoman Julia Brownley who also closed her DC office for the week. This comes after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar went into self-quarantine yesterday.
(New York, NY-AP) — The world’s five richest people are paying a pretty penny for the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
They lost nearly 37-billion dollars combined in this week’s stock market tumble. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was hit the hardest, dropping his fortune to 116-billion.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates was second. He called the deadly disease a “once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about.”