An estimated 700 million of the world’s most vulnerable population will require food assistance as the COVID-19 virus sweeps across the globe, according to a UN official, who asked wealthy nations to commit $90 billion in aid.
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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, said that people must be prepared for many more deaths to occur as the price or re-opening the US economy, and he compared the pandemic to the horror of World War II.
A draft report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) predicts that easing social distancing guidelines in an effort to jump start the devastated US economy will have staggering consequences. The report warns that by June 1, the death rate in America from COVID-19 will double to more than 3,000, and over 200,000 new infections will be reported every day. The Trump White House dismissed the report, saying that the Coronavirus Task Force headed by Vice-President Mike Pence hadn’t had a chance to look at the report.
One employee has died and a cluster of co-workers have been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus at a Walmart in Quincy, Massachusetts, forcing the store to be closed. Last week at another Walmart, 81 employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and the city of Worcester ordered the store closed.
As more than 40 states across the country move forward with plans to re-open their economies, experts that previously predicted the US would suffer 63,000 deaths by August 1 will now report 134,475 deaths. A second model predicts that the death toll will skyrocket to 3,000 a day, totaling nearly 200,000 deaths by the end of June.
A new FEMA draft report predicts that as the United States re-opens and tries to resume normal life while ignoring a virus that has killed over 250,000 people around the world, the consequences will be dire: daily infections will skyrocket from 25,000 to 200,000 and deaths will nearly double to more than 3,000 a day, which adds up to 100,000 per month.