WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is getting ready for 1000’s of latest coronavirus circumstances and can ask Americans coming back from overseas to go into “self-quarantine” for 14 days as a part of the trouble to contain the outbreak, Vice President Mike Pence mentioned on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the federal government’s coronavirus process pressure, speaks throughout a press convention on the Pierce County Readiness Center at Camp Murray close to Tacoma, Washington, U.S. March 5, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder
In a spherical of tv interviews, Pence defended the Trump administration’s technique to cease the unfold of the extremely contagious COVID-19 respiratory sickness, together with a clampdown on vacationers coming into the nation.
“We know there will be more infections in the days ahead. We’re trying to hold that number down as much as possible,” Pence informed NBC’s “Today” present.
Pence, who’s heading the U.S. authorities’s technique to battle coronavirus, mentioned the Trump administration had determined to impose a 30-day ban on journey from Europe as a result of the epicenter of the pandemic had shifted to there from China and South Korea.
The European Union on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s choice to impose the ban, which fits into impact on Friday, saying it was not consulted earlier than he introduced it in a Wednesday evening handle to the nation.
Although U.S. residents and everlasting residents should not included within the journey ban, Pence mentioned they might be screened for the coronavirus and requested to go into quarantine for 2 weeks after returning residence.
“Americans coming home will be funneled through 13 different airports, they’ll be screened, and then we’re going to ask every single American and legal resident returning to the United States to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Pence informed CNN.
The journey restrictions hammered world inventory markets on Thursday.
In U.S. inventory markets, the S&P 500 .SPX and the Nasdaq .IXIC indexes cratered right into a bear market. The S&P 500 dropped greater than 7.5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI plunged almost eight%. Airline and a few cruise line shares have been notably arduous hit.
In Washington, talks continued over laws to assist gird the U.S. financial system towards the coronavirus risk, amid fears that it might tumble into recession.
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Democrats’ sweeping coronavirus invoice on Thursday, in accordance to a Democratic aide. Republicans, nonetheless, have balked on the plan and referred to as for a delay in contemplating the proposed laws.
Pence additionally mentioned officers are searching for to ramp up testing in all 50 U.S. states and pointed to efforts by industrial laboratories, together with Laboratory Corp of America Holdings (LabCorp) (LH.N) and Quest Diagnostics Inc (DGX.N), however gave no different particulars.
Health specialists have mentioned a scarcity of diagnostic check kits has made it troublesome to gauge the total scale of outbreaks within the United States and curtail transmission of the virus.
More than 1,300 U.S. circumstances of coronavirus have been confirmed and 33 individuals have died, in accordance to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The hardest-hit U.S. states, comparable to New York and Washington state, have struggled to shortly broaden testing capability to make such screening extensively out there.
Reporting by Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert and Richard Cowan; Writing by Paul Simao; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis