Washington, Apr 4:
US President Donald Trump has expanded the role of the US Army in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, saying that no one is better prepared to fight the current situation which is like a war.
The US till Friday reported 7,380 deaths and at least 276,500 infections due to the deadly coronavirus, the highest for any country in the world.
In just one day, more than 1,550 Americans lost their lives, taking the fatalities to over 7,380.
“We are expanding the role of the Armed Forces in our response effort because no one is better prepared to win a war of the United States military, and we are in a war. Invisible enemy, Trump told reporters during a press briefing, as he described New York as the hotspot of this war.
On Friday, the number of those infected by COVID-19 in the New York state alone crossed 100,000 and the deaths touched 3,000.
Its neighbouring New Jersey followed up with nearly 30,000 infections and 646 deaths.
Members of the White House task force on coronavirus expect the deadly disease to peak in the next 10 days.
Various models have predicted between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the next few months, during which a large number of people are likely to be infected.
As such, the administration would require thousands of new hospital beds and ventilators along with face masks and other medical supplies.Over 90 per cent of the country’s 330 million population are under strict stay-in-home order and major disaster declaration has been announced for over three dozen States.
“Louisiana is getting hit very hard. Parts of Michigan are getting hit very, very dark. New Jersey is surprisingly it’s much greater than anybody would have thought they are doing a really good job,” he said.
The Javits Convention Centre in New York that has been converted overnight into a 2,500 beds hospital by the army would now be manned by the armed forces as well, he said. , “Over 9,000 retired army medical personnel have answered their nation’s call and are now supporting field hospitals and medical facilities all across the country, he said.
The Army Corps of Engineers has assessed more than 100 facilities in all 50 states, he said.