China News Agency, Washington, April 2 (Reporter Chen Mengtong) With the steady expansion of the scale of virus detection, solving the shortage of medical supplies has become one of the priorities for the United States to fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic.

On March 13, local time, US President Trump announced a "national emergency" at the White House in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic. Photo by China News Agency reporter Chen Mengtong

According to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States at 10 pm on the 2nd, 245,070 people in the United States have been infected with new crown pneumonia and 5,949 have died. Among them, the number of confirmed cases of “breaking 10,000” increased to four states: New York (92597), New Jersey (25590), California (10950), and Michigan (10791).

While the focus of the fight against the epidemic is still focused on New York, US public opinion has warned that other regions may become new "hot spots" of the epidemic.

Medical supplies in New York remain tight. New York Governor Cuomo said on the 2nd that the state has about 2200 ventilators in stock, which is expected to run out in 6 days at the current rate of use. Because of the huge gap, the state has to share ventilators with patients. Louisiana Governor Edwards said the ventilators in New Orleans will run out by April 7.

U.S. President Trump re-authorized the "National Defense Production Act" on the 2nd and instructed federal agencies to assist in eliminating obstacles to the rapid production of ventilators in the supply chain and ensure that six U.S. manufacturers have access to supplies such as parts and components required for ventilator production .

U.S. Vice President Pence said at the White House conference on the 2nd that earlier in the day, Trump specially convened a team responsible for the supply of epidemic prevention materials to meet to ensure that the needs of front-line medical personnel's personal protective materials and equipment such as ventilators were met Satisfy.

At present, Kushner, a senior adviser to the US President, is leading a working group to raise anti-epidemic materials on a global scale. He revealed at a press conference on the 2nd that after learning of the shortage of public hospitals in New York, the federal government will provide New York City with N95 masks that can be used for one month. "We are trying to solve the supply chain problem."

Trump said on the same day that he had instructed the Department of Defense to send U.S. military medical personnel to temporary medical sites in New York, New Orleans and Dallas to fight the epidemic.

In addition to the shortage of ventilators, whether or not to wear a mask in public places has become a topic of discussion in the United States. Under the principle that masks are given priority to medical staff and patients, scarves have become a "second option" frequently mentioned by the president to the mayor.

For the past few days, Los Angeles Mayor Jasetti and New York Mayor Bai Sihao have encouraged people to wear masks when they go out. When Trump was asked on the 2nd whether Americans should wear masks, Trump responded that it is unlikely that people will be required to wear masks at the federal level. "Wearing or not wearing masks is people's own choice, and the scarf may be better and thicker."

The White House new crown pneumonia epidemic coordinator, Box, said the recommendation to encourage Americans to wear masks should not give people a "wrong sense of security." The most important thing is to maintain social distance and wash hands frequently.

"Remember that your eyes are not in a mask," she explained, and if people touch their eyes with their hands, they can also be infected. "That's why the debate over masks continues."

The impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic on American political and economic life is still expanding. The Democratic National Committee of the United States announced on the 2nd that the Democratic National Convention originally scheduled to be held in mid-July was postponed to August 17. The U.S. Department of Labor released data on the same day that in the last week of March, 6.654 million people in the United States applied for unemployment benefits for the first time, more than double the 3.307 million people in the previous week.

Trump also revealed on the 2nd that his second test for the new crown virus was negative. He was tested again that morning, and "the results were obtained in about 15 minutes." (Finish)