- Trump announced that he had asked FEMA to assist New York, California, and Washington to set up medical stations.
- Europe's new coronavirus epidemic has not shown signs of easing.
- National airlines canceled more flights on Monday.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.
Trump announced that he had asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist New York, California, and Washington to set up medical stations, adding thousands of beds to treat new coronavirus patients. However, many state governors continue to ask Trump to activate the Defense Production Act to make some items needed for the epidemic. Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, told the media on Sunday that US industry has begun producing medical products “automatically” as the president declared a state of emergency.
The United States hit the highest one-day confirmed case total since the outbreak of the new coronavirus on Sunday. The United States registered 8,149 new confirmed cases and 112 deaths, increasing the cumulative number of diagnoses and deaths to 32,356 and 414. The United States also officially surpassed Spain to become the third-highest number of confirmed cases worldwide.
At the same time, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden harshly criticized Trump due to what he calls the president’s continuous false statements, downplaying the severity of the epidemic. In a live broadcast on the new coronavirus epidemic, Biden hopes that the American people will have the latest news and use it to protect the American people.
Separately, U.S. Democratic senators voted against a $1.8 trillion economic aid plan Sunday, stressing that they believe the plan favors large companies and does not effectively protect workers’ rights.
European Outbreak Continues to Rise
Elsewhere, Europe’s new coronavirus epidemic has not shown signs of easing. Italy, which currently has the largest number of deaths worldwide, added 5,560 confirmed cases and 651 deaths on Sunday, raising the cumulative number of confirmed diagnoses and deaths to 59,138 and 5,476, respectively.
Spain added 3,107 confirmed cases and 375 deaths on Sunday, raising the cumulative number of diagnoses and deaths to 28,603 and 1,756, respectively. The outbreak in Germany and France has also continued to rise. The current cumulative totals have reached 24,852 cases and 94 deaths in Germany, while the figures in France have increased to 16,018 cases and 674 deaths.
On the same day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that if the British people are unwilling to comply with the government’s “social distance” guidelines, the country may have to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus through curfews and travel bans. Although British bars, clubs, and gyms are closed, British social media is still full of photos of people gathering in parks and markets. So far, Britain has accumulatively confirmed 5,683 new coronavirus cases and 281 deaths.
In addition, national airlines canceled more flights on Monday. New Zealand and Australia on Monday advised people to cancel unnecessary domestic travel, while the United Arab Emirates suspended all flights for two weeks. Both Singapore and Taiwan announced Sunday that they temporarily banned passengers from connecting at their airports.