US warned of the imminent spread of coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US health officials warned that the coronavirus COVID-19 would almost certainly spread in the United States, according to The New York Times.

“The question is not so much whether it will happen, but how it will happen,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the US National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at a briefing.

She called for measures to curb the spread of the virus, such as dividing school classes into smaller groups of students or the complete closure of schools. Meetings and conferences may need to be canceled, Meissonier added. Businesses should organize work from home for employees.

“We ask the US population to work with us in order to prepare, in the expectation that the situation may turn out to be difficult,” said Dr. Meissonier.

As of Tuesday, 57 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, including 40 evacuated passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, were registered in the United States.

Given the outbreaks of the virus in more than two dozen countries, representatives of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are convinced that the spread of coronavirus in the United States is inevitable, although it is not known how serious its impact will be.

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Hazard told the Senate subcommittee that there are likely to be more cases in the US. He asked lawmakers to approve funding of $ 2.5 billion to combat the outbreak of the virus, reports Reuters.

Meanwhile, White House chief economic adviser Larry Cadlow said the US economy will be able to survive any shocks from the global spread of coronavirus. He added that he did not expect the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19.


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