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By Doina Chiacu and Maria Caspani
WASHINGTON / NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of US coronavirus deaths neared the 1,000 milestone Thursday when hospitals in New York and other trouble spots were having difficulty treating a flood of patients and the US Congress was on the rise Approval of $ 2 trillion approached counteracting the economic impact of the pandemic.
By 1 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Thursday, 999 people had died from the respiratory disease caused by the virus. This emerges from a Reuters list of reports by state and local officials. A third of these deaths occurred in New York State, where the governor has warned that hospitals may soon run out of beds and ventilators. The state accounted for almost half of the national total of around 68,000 cases. https://tmsnrt.rs/3dBvs2P
The virus has killed at least 21,238 people worldwide and infected 470,873. https://tmsnrt.rs/2JeehWL
Hospitals, dismissed workers, and troubled companies are receiving much-needed economic assistance under the record-breaking relief bill approved by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday with a 96-0 vote. The leaders said they hoped to see the bill passed on Friday, and US President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the bill.
"Every day is important, so we want to get this done quickly," Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said in an interview with Fox News.
When asked whether lawmakers would expect two or three more rounds of bailout packages, McCarthy said the Americans should let the $ 2 trillion go into effect.
"We don't have to issue another bill now," he said. "Let this $ 2 trillion work for us."
The bailout package went through Congress when Fed chair Jerome Powell said the United States "could be in a recession."
Unemployment claims rose to a record 3.3 million on Thursday, almost five times the previous weekly record of 695,000 from the 1982 recession.
About half of the United States was under orders to stay at home to arrest the virus, with the side effect of strangling the economy.
Powell warned that economic reactivation would have to wait until the virus was under control, despite Trump's desire to resume business by Easter April 12.
"The first task will be to control the spread of the virus and then resume economic activity," Powell told NBC's Today Show.
"We know that economic activity is likely to decline significantly in the second quarter, but I think many expect and I would expect economic activity to resume and resume in the second half of the year," said Powell.
Powell also said he would ask experts like Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, when the restrictions should be lifted.
Fauci told the New York public WNYC radio on Thursday that changing weather conditions could help fight the virus, since warm and humid weather generally provides better conditions than a cold and dry winter.
However, he also warned that the virus could return to the north for the next winter and that experts could not predict this novel corona virus because it was "unique".
"We hope to have a break when we come in April, May and June. It will likely come next season because it is a very powerful virus," said Fauci.
"We are already seeing more infected people in the southern hemisphere when we start the winter. I hope and think we can get a break with the weather, which will hopefully give us more time to prepare for what might be a second round or seasonal cycling, "said Fauci.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has raised the alarm over an expected shortage of hospital beds and ventilators. In Italy, the country with the highest number of coronavirus deaths, overwhelmed hospitals have become contaminants. Up to a fifth of the staff in a Milan hospital test positive for the virus.
New York hospital workers posted social media images of people using garbage bags as protective clothing because they ran out of supplies.
Fauci described the speeding up of the New York cases as "quite worrying".
"What they are already seeing and we expect more is an influx of cases that they want to deal with both locally and with the help of the federal government," said Fauci.