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Tiger at US zoo becomes first animal to test positive for COVID-19 virus
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Tiger at US zoo becomes first animal to test positive for COVID-19 virus

In the first-known incident in animals, a female tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the novel COVID-19 virus, the zoo and federal officials informed on April 5. The 4-year-old Malayan tigress started showing symptoms of respiratory illness, following which her samples were taken for testing. She later tested positive for the Coronavirus, confirmed by Iowa’s National Veterinary Services.

After the Malayan tiger named Nadia fell sick, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions also started showing symptoms of the virus which included dry cough and loss of appetite among others. However, as per reports, they have not yet been tested by authorities. Officials expect them to recover from the illness as they are doing well under complete veterinary care at the zoo. They have been kept under proper care and are being monitored regularly by the authorities.

According to the statement released by the zoo officials, the animals got infected by a zoo caretaker who was “asymptomatically infected with COVID-19” while he was taking care of the animals. However, no other animals except the seven big cats have shown symptoms of illness. The zoo officials said that the positive test results of the tiger took them by surprise.

The United States Department of Agriculture (UNDA) has released a statement advising the people infected with the COVID-19 disease to restrict their contact with animals as well.

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While the Malayan tiger is the first animal tested positive for the novel virus in the United States, reports are stating there are few pets in parts of the world who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is that virus that causes COVID-19. Two dogs in Hong Kong and a domestic cat in Belgium, reportedly, showed symptoms of the virus.

New York’s Bronx Zoo was temporarily closed for public visits on March 16 amid the pandemic outbreak in the United States. It empty parking, however, was converted into a highly protective testing center for Coronavirus for Montefiore Medical Center employees.

In light of the recent findings, there are some researchers who have been conducting tests under the vulnerability of different animal species to the virus. At present, the United States has over 3,37,00 positive COVID-19 cases with over 9,000 deaths due to the virus.

US overtakes China with over 82,000 coronavirus cases
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US overtakes China with over 82,000 coronavirus cases

United States has now surpassed China in the number of COVID-19 cases around the world, with at least 82,404 people are known to have been infected with the deadly coronavirus, the Johns Hopkins University real-time COVID-19 tracker said on Thursday.
It is, however, important to note that the US has been testing people at a much larger scale, when compared with other countries that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now have 370,000 tests that have been done. The majority of those — over 220,000 in the last eight days, which, those of you who have been tracking the South Korea numbers, put us equivalent to what they did in eight weeks that we did in eight days,” Dr Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters.

Although the US has surpassed China’s 81,782 mark, the COVID-19-related death toll in the country is still lower than China, with 1,178 Americans having died as opposed to the 3,291 Chinese fatalities.

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At least 160 million Americans have been ordered to stay home as schools are closed, restaurants and bars have been closed in hope of the curtail spread of the lethal virus, The New York Times reported.

New York City is among the worst-hit cities as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city has reached 38,000 and 281 have died.

On Wednesday, US Senate leaders and Trump Administration had reached an agreement regarding a USD 2 trillion package to rescue the economy from the coronavirus wrath, paving the way for swift passage of the legislation from both the chambers of Congress.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide exceeded 20,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The G-20 summit which concluded on Thursday pledged to inject over USD 5 trillion into the global economy in a bid to counteract the social, economic, and financial impact of COVID 19 that has impacted people in at least 170 countries and caused over 20,000 deaths.

As of Thursday, 4,62,684 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the world, 20,834 of the patients died, WHO data shows.

On March 11, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic which has now has been detected in 199 countries and territories.

United States: negotiators reached a deal on a $2-trillion coronavirus rescue package
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United States: negotiators reached a deal on a $2-trillion coronavirus rescue package

On Wednesday, Trump administration and the senators have agreed on a deal on financial stimulus bill to reduce the fiscal impact of the coronavirus flare-up, the negotiators expressed. A move proposed to help companies and Americans come of the sudden jolt to the U.S. economy.

It took five days of intense meetings between senators and the White House. The last phases of the negotiations concentrated on placing conditions on corporate loans backstopped by the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve, for example, limiting official compensation and stock buybacks for businesses that require taxpayer-funded support, as indicated by an assistant familiarized with the talks, CNBC reports.

Senator Mitch McConnell stated during a discourse on Wednesday, pledging that the senate would pass the fund package later in the day. “This is a wartime level of investment into our country,” “The people of the greatest nation on the globe are going to defeat the coronavirus and restore our future,” he included.

Congress is feeling the pressure of quickly passing the deal and hopes to comfort both the business sectors and Americans battling the spread of the covid-19.

The deal incorporates a $500 billion for corporate liquidity programs via the Federal Reserve, a $100 billion for the hospitals, a $367 billion for the small business loans program, and $150 billion for local governments and the states, The Politico published.

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It will likewise provide a one-time check of $1,200 to people with no or little tax liability and get the same amount.

Senator Chuck Schumer and his team invested many hours in finalizing the language and working out the remaining major points.

The Democrats had criticized the initial proposal and called it a slush fund.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi lately stated that she is hoping to pass the Senate bill using the unanimous consent of the chamber. Such a deal would not only allow a fast procedure as well as also keep stressed lawmakers far from the Capitol, where the virus has begun to spread.

However, Democratic and Republican leaders in the House are not sure whether it is conceivable to pass the $2 trillion bill without single disapproval from any of the chamber’s 435 congressmen.

During the threat of coronavirus, there is an idea of passing the rescue package by voice vote, which would be a good alternative, is being discussed with the GOP meeting, the source added, The Politico reported.

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Governor Cuomo urged the President, ‘NY needs 30,000 ventilators’ as the virus is spreading rapidly
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Governor Cuomo urged the President, ‘NY needs 30,000 ventilators’ as the virus is spreading rapidly

On Tuesday, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked President Trump for more ventilators, alerting that coronavirus could hit the state and reach its peak in 14 days.

Cuomo said at a press conference on Tuesday, “There is no other path for us to get these ventilators,” “We’ve have tried everything. The only way that we can get theses ventilators is by the federal government. That is all.”

The state needs around 30,000 of the ventilators to take care of the influx of coronavirus patients, which is expected to reach its peak in New York in about fourteen days. Up until this point, the state has 7,000; however, it has recently received 400 from the government, Cuomo expressed.

The infection is spreading rapidly in New York, with the case tally multiplying at a fast pace. There are 25,000 cases in New York. Cuomo said that he needs more ventilators quickly as it prepares for the worst-case scenario. Sooner than initial projections had assessed, he included.

Many other governors have likewise begged Trump for more ventilators from the national reserve of clinical supplies. There are around 12,700 ventilators in reserve. However, Cuomo stated concerns that the administration has just sent 400 to New York.

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Cuomo stated angrily at a press meet on Tuesday, “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die since you just sent 400 ventilators.” “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I require 30,000?”.

In a Tuesday meeting on Fox News, Mike Pence said that the national government is planning to send 4,000 to New York in the following two days.

There is a short supply of ventilators in the U.S. and all around the globe as the coronavirus pandemic increases. Since the coronavirus attacks the lungs, the machines are vital to helping critical patients fight the disease.

The Governor said in a press meet that the new projection recommends that we need around one hundred and forty thousand beds in hospitals. We haven’t flattened the curve; it’s increasing.”

Trump wants to remove the restrictions on economy and communications by April 12
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Trump wants to remove the restrictions on economy and communications by April 12

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would like to remove restrictions on United States communications with the outside world imposed to combat the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 by April 12.

“I would like the country to be open and” torn into battle by Easter”, he said.

Earlier, Trump announced that the United States and Canada agreed to temporarily close the border between the two states. In addition, the United States closed the border with Mexico. Also, travel from Europe to the country is prohibited from March 13 for a period of 30 days due to the spread of coronavirus. Restrictions apply to other countries.

Americans should get back to work despite coronavirus – Trump

In addition, in an interview, the American president expressed the opinion that citizens should return to work, despite the coronavirus.

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“Thousands of people die because of the flu. And we never“ cut off ”the country because of this. We lose even more people in accidents. And we don’t ask automakers to stop making cars,” he said.

Trump emphasized that people are dying of the flu, but even more people can be lost if “the country finds itself in a vast recession or depression.”

According to Trump, the US “was not created to remain without work.” “People don’t want to be locked in a house or apartment,” he said.

“You know, you can destroy a country in this way by stopping work in it. We had the best economic indicators in the history of the country three weeks ago, and then all of a sudden we had to stop,” the president added.

As of March 24, over 49.5 thousand infections were diagnosed in the USA, 622 people died with coronavirus. Meanwhile, 361 patients recovered.

Trump affirms that the First Lady Melania Trump is tested negative for Covid-19
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Trump affirms that the First Lady Melania Trump is tested negative for Covid-19

On Monday, Trump said to the reporters in a White House press meeting when addressed concerning the principal woman; he affirmed, “she’s fine.” Melania Trump was tested for the novel coronavirus, and the reports came out negative.

President Trump was also tested negative seven days back after he interacted with two people at his Mar-a-Lago beach club resort in Florida. The president insisted that he got tested due to questions by media about his contact with the individuals who were tested positive.

Among the many people who were tested recently in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence, and the second lady Karen Pence both reports came negative for the coronavirus.

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The president’s daughter and a White House senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, too, was tested negative to the infection a week ago. She had met with an Australian official at the beginning of March, who was tested positive for COVID-19. For a prudent step, she worked from home for seven days and later resumed office.

In the Congress, two confirmed cases in the House and one in the Senate were reported; lately, Sen. Rand Paul’s covid-19 test report came out positive on Sunday. Many Congress members have self-quarantined themselves in the wake of interacting with the official who was tested positive.

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Self-swab corona testing to reach American households soon
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Self-swab corona testing to reach American households soon

On Monday evening, the White House coordinator for coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, told reporters that self-swabbing for corona testing would be available for US citizens by this week.

At the news briefing, making the major announcement over self testing, Dr. Birx said that the new ‘self-swab’ technique would make it much easier for people to collect their own samples to test for the coronavirus. She added that it would speed up the virus detection process in a possibly safer manner. The slow tracing process has posed a major challenge in winning this battle against the new virus.

Besides, self-testing takes the burden off public health institutions and officials as they face dearth of both testing kits and manpower to identify and stamp out outbreaks quickly. The collection of samples also puts the medical personal at risk and with shortage of the protective gear to shield the medical staff against the virus, this comes up as a ‘breakthrough’ solution.

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Kelly Wroblewski of the Association of Public Health Laboratories told NPR over an email, “They would be nasal swab, which are different than nasopharyngeal swabs,” That would also help “somewhat with the swab shortage.” She added, “It also keeps people at home instead of going out to get a test with mild symptoms and potentially infecting people.”
But she noted that “it doesn’t help and could exacerbate other supply chain issues, if there are many more specimens coming in for testing.”

To conduct the self-swab testing, individuals still need to follow the FDA guidelines i.e. they would have to deposit their samples to the government authorised clinical or drive-through testing sites, and would have to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s screening requirements in order to obtain the test results in the first place.

G20 finance ministers’ failed in presenting a joint statement in response to covid-19 due to US-China standoff
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G20 finance ministers’ failed in presenting a joint statement in response to covid-19 due to US-China standoff

G20 finance ministers’ held a telephonic discussion; however, they failed to present a joint statement regarding the coronavirus pandemic that was hampered by the disagreements between the US and China.

A blame game about coronavirus between China and the US hindered the expectations of a joint international response.

The G7 group comprises of United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Germany, which managed a joint message after a video conference last week.

A full G20 world leaders teleconference is expected later this week; however, whether an agreement can be reached on a worldwide fiscal boost isn’t clear.

Following the G20 discussions, the IMF’s managing head, Kristalina Georgieva, expressed that the viewpoint for worldwide development was negative and that the world was confronting “a recession at least as terrible as during the worldwide financial crisis or worse.”

She commended the bold monetary measures taken so far and demanded that more was required on the financial front if growth was to be likely in 2021. We are especially worried about low-income nations in the debt crisis,” she added.

At present, according to the data, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic shows 378,679 infected, around 16,507 deaths, and 100, 000 recuperated. Various measures are being taken by nations to battle the Covid-19 and also control its spread.

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New York state coronavirus infected cases rise to 15,168, today’s analysis says
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New York state coronavirus infected cases rise to 15,168, today’s analysis says

Coronavirus outbreak is the most awful in New York state across the United States. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo requested Trump to nationalize the efforts to obtain clinical supplies as state leaders are been compelled to contend with each other for basic medical gear. There is a major need to address the lack protective masks and respirators as an estimated 40% to 80% of residents could get infected over the period of time, he added, CNBC reported.

As indicated by the new data published by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Sunday, New York state presently has more coronavirus cases than South Korea or France as the quantity of affirmed cases rose to 15,168.

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“New York is testing maximum people in comparison to other state in the nation and, per capita, more than any nation in the globe,” Cuomo expressed. New York has tested 61,000 individuals, and 4,800 new cases yesterday, Cuomo included, CNBC published.

He also requested the federal government to help assembled transitory hospitals to nationalize purchasing of medical supplies in order to give good care to patients suffering with COVID-19.

He said that the Army Corps of Engineers will construct makeshift hospitals in Stony Brook, Westbury, Westchester and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, which will contain 4 federal hospitals with 250 beds respectively.

According to CNBC news, Cuomo said, “This will be an impossible situation to handle, if we don’t obtain the required equippments, we could lose lives that we could some way or another save, if we get the medical gear.”

President Trump stated on Sunday that the administration has initiated US National Guard units for three of the states New York, California and Washington state which are hardest hit by the novel COVID-19, CNN reported.

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“We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin says
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“We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin says

On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced The White House’s coronavirus relief fund plan could see each American get a $1,000 check from the administration within nine weeks, The Hill published.

Citing the Fox News Business talk, Mnuchin stated, “This is an unprecedented situation, where for a good reason the government has instructed major parts of the economy to close down so that we can win this fight against this virus,” “While we’re doing that, we understand there are impacts on hard-working Americans, and the president is determined to support them.”

The White House and the Republicans have proposed a package plan of $1 trillion that would provide each adult American a $1,000 check, additionally a $500 check for each kid. A family with two guardians and two kids, for instance, would receive $3,000. The United States’ new plan proposal will be a major step to support its citizens in times of socio-economic crisis.

Mnuchin said “When Congress passes this bill we will get this out in three weeks, and afterward a month and a half later, if the president despite everything has a national crisis, we’ll convey another $3,000.”

Another $300 billion in the bill would be utilized to assist companies, helping people’s jobs, and offer postponement of loans until the crisis eases. As of now, joblessness claims have shot up by about 33 percent between the initial two weeks of March.

The first was the $8.3 billion bill centered on health agencies and first responders. The second law, which was passed on Wednesday, set $104 billion toward crisis paid leave, free virus testing, and extended unemployment insurance. Also, the current proposed bill, whenever passed, would be the third, and largest, in the administration’s response to coronavirus, The Hill published.

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