A novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 has spread to all continents except Antarctica, with the first U.S. case involving a 35-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, China, before returning to Washington State. He was confirmed to have the virus on Jan. 20, 2020. Since then, the virus (which causes the disease COVID-19) has spread to almost every state, with new cases emerging every day. To get more news about coronavirus map, you can visit shine news official website.
The virus has now hit all 50 U.S. states. About 26,747 people in the U.S. have been confirmed to have the virus, though many other cases may be undetected. Of those reported cases, 340 people have died, with 94 of those deaths in Washington state, 76 in New York, 27 in California, 20 deaths each in Georgia and Louisiana, 16 deaths in New Jersey, 13 in Florida, and fewer deaths in several other states (See below for a clickable list of states with case counts and more information). (Globally, 306,395 cases have been confirmed, with more than 13,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.) The virus is profoundly reshaping American life. Four states have now ordered shelter-in-place orders: New Jersey, California, New York and Illinois. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a lockdown of the state’s nearly 40 million residents, telling them to stay home until further notice, Politico reported. Those who violate the “directive” could face misdemeanor fines, according to Politico. This is not a full lockdown that would actually forbid those individuals from leaving their homes; people will be allowed to go to grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores and pharmacies. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to provide takeout and delivery only. And people will be able to walk outside, provided they stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from others.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday (March 17) that he is considering such a shelter-in-place order for the city.
President Donald Trump also invoked a Korean-War era law that allows him to force manufacturers to make direly needed supplies, such as ventilators and masks.Nursing homes and hospitals are banning visitors, to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Airports are in pandemonium after enhanced screening measures for those returning from Europe went into effect. More than 41 states have closed all public schools for weeks. Hospitals are preparing for a tsunami of patients, canceling elective procedures, repurposing their facilities for coronavirus patients, and adding extra beds. And the specter of COVID-19 finally reached the White House; President Donald Trump was tested after he had contact with a confirmed positive case. He tested negative.On Wednesday (March 18), Trump signed a bill meant to help those who have been affected by coronavirus. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to free testing, expands sick leave for those who are most vulnerable, and provides food aid and unemployment benefits. Trump also declared a national emergency. And on Tuesday (March 17) Trump said he is requesting $850 billion in emergency stimulus help slow the freefall of the economy due to coronavirus, the Washington Post reported.
On Monday (March 16), Trump recommended that people work from home, stay out of school, avoid restaurants, bars and avoid all gatherings of more than 10 people, though he kept short of enforcing it. The president has also suspended all travel from Europe to the U.S. for the next 30 days.
Though there are more than 26,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., the true number of cases could be higher. As of March 13, Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, estimated there were between 10,000 and 40,000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and would be more now. (That number is based on rough estimates and has not been through peer review. The virus also infects more people over time, meaning that about twice as many people would not be infected as compared to a week ago.)
The spread of the new coronavirus could be picking up steam in the U.S., as more people in regions highly impacted by the virus (such as the Pacific Northwest) are reporting what are called influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), or those cases that include a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), in addition to a cough or sore throat. Since these individuals are testing negative for influenza, they could instead have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Live Science reported March 15.