The United States has recorded over 331,234 cases, 9,458 deaths, while 16,690 persons have recovered.
The US Surgeon-General, Jerome Adams, on Sunday said this week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or the attacks of September 11, 2001, noting that the coronavirus pandemic could be happening all over the country.
He noted that the next 30 days would be critical for slowing the coronavirus’s spread, adding that some early hot spots were actually starting to contain the virus.
“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” Adams said in an appearance on Fox News.
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised. It’s going to be happening all over the country,” he noted.
The US currently has 323,953 confirmed cases and 9,186 deaths while 16,690 persons had recovered.
Roughly 90 per cent of the country has been implementing stay-at-home orders, Adams said, despite the absence of a federal order.
Among the nine states without any formal stay-at-home orders in place are Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Iowa, which account for a large portion of America’s agriculture.
Adams urged governors in those states to look for ways to keep residents at home without disrupting the food supply.
He said, “What I would say to those governors is if you can’t give us a month, give us what you can. Give us a week; give us whatever you can to stay at home during this particularly tough time when we’re going to be hitting our peak over the next seven to 10 days.”
Adams defended President Donald Trump’s support for an unproven drug called hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus, saying there had been “some stories out there” about it helping in some cases.
The surgeon general also noted that the drug had been available for several years, which he said should give doctors greater certainty about its potential side effects.
“We feel a bit better regarding its safety than we do about a completely novel drug. And so we just want to be able to facilitate physicians and patients having that conversation,” Adams explained.