Coronavirus death toll hits 14 in US as outbreak spreads across states
The coronavirus death toll hit 14 in the US as the outbreak spread across states.
More than 230 cases have been confirmed in America as of Friday morning with cases now reported in Washington state, California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
All but one of the country’s deaths have occurred in Washington state, where there have been at least 70 reported cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. On Wednesday, California health officials announced the state’s first coronavirus-related death, which occurred in Placer County, which is just northeast of Sacramento, California.
On Thursday, the Senate approved the $8.3 billion funding bill to fight the coronavirus, which rapidly moved through Congress after the House of Representatives agreed on the bill Wednesday. It passed a Senate vote of 96-1 and will be sent to President Donald Trump, who signed the bill Friday morning.
‘I’m pretty pleased that this has been accomplished in a bipartisan way in the middle of an election year, with very intense polarization. So we can still get some things done around here in the interest of the American people,’ Representative Tom Cole, who is a top Republican on the House panel that funds the country’s Department of Health and Human Services.
On Friday morning, Johns Hopkins University reported a total of 100,329 cases of coronavirus throughout the world, which is higher than the World Health Organization’s count of 98,202.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hit out at Chinese officials on Friday morning in an interview with ‘Squawk Box’ on CNBC for not being forthcoming on the onset of the epidemic, which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in the Hubei province.'Killer' grandma claimed boy, 6, starved to death because he took diet pills
‘The information that we got at the front end of this thing wasn’t perfect and has led us now to a place where much of the challenge we face today has put us behind the curve. that’s not the way infectious disease doctors tell me it should work.’
‘It’s not the way America works with transparency and openness and the sharing of information that needs to take place.’
More than 80,550 of the world’s reported coronavirus cases are in China, where the death toll has climbed to over 3,040.