US President Donald Trump has said that the next 30 days are very vital for America in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as the confirmed cases of those infected by the deadly disease soured to 164,000 and fatalities crossed 3,100 in the country.
His remarks came a day after he extended the “social distancing” guidelines until April 30, expecting the peak death rate from Covid-19 to hit the country in two weeks.
“Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days, and this is a very vital 30 days,” Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on Monday, his second consecutive one in the Rose Garden.
More than 250 million of America’s 330 million population are in stay at home order and more than two dozen states have been notified as major disaster declaration, in addition to declaration of national emergency.
The first US military service member has died from the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Monday, as it reported another spike in the number of infected troops.
The service member was a New Jersey Army National Guardsman who tested positive for Covid-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – and had been in hospital since March 21. He died on Saturday, the Pentagon said.
More than 35,000 people have died worldwide from the coronavirus pandemic, most of them in Europe.
In total, 35,905 people have died, including 26,076 in Europe. Italy has the most deaths with 11,591, following by Spain with 7,340 and China with 3,304.
Coronavirus infections in Japan topped 2,000 cases on Tuesday, according to a Reuters calculation based on ministry data and media reports. A centre for disabled people in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, found seven more infections on Tuesday, bringing the total there to 93, Kyodo News reported.