What does the three-phase plan that Trump has announced to return to normalcy in the US include?

President Donald Trump has publicly announced a three-phase plan to restart economic activities in some states of the country within four weeks.

Saying that "each state is different," President Trump has remarked that economic activities can restart soon in some states while others need more time.

President Trump has called on State Governors to move "very, very quickly, depending on what they want to do."

In the states of the U.S., where there is a downward trend in the number of reported coronavirus cases for the last two weeks, a three-phase plan can be implemented so that the daily life returns to normal.

Also, before proceeding to the second and third phase, there must be a two-week decline in coronavirus cases. According to President Trump's statement, the three-phase plan consists of the following;

1st Phase: Schools will remain closed. Visits to senior living facilities will continue to be prohibited. Elective surgeries can resume in hospitals.

2nd Phase: Non-essential travel will also resume. However, working from home will continue to be encouraged for a while. Schools will reopen. Inpatient and outpatient treatments will resume in hospitals.

3rd Phase: Daily life will return to normal in new conditions. However, the public will be requested to follow the hygiene end social distancing rules. 

During his press briefing in the White House, President Trump stated, "We are opening up our country. The US wants to restart its economic activities."

President Trump also said, "Experts say the nationwide curve has flattened and the peak in new cases is behind us."

President Trump said he believes the new type of coronavirus outbreak in the country is over, and they expect that the loss of life due to the virus has decreased to 60 to 65 thousand. Emphasizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, Trump said, "Maybe we have saved millions of lives thanks to the precautions we have taken. 

 President Trump: We passed the Peak.

"Until recently, 100,000 to 240,000 people were expected to die from the virus. However, we project less than 100.000 deaths now. We are entering a period of time when the coronavirus pandemic will take 60-65 thousand lives." Stating that some of the state governors also did a good job, Trump remarked, "I think the spread of the pandemic has stopped."

Highlights from Task Force:

"All 50 states and all territories are now under a federal disaster declaration for the first time in American history.We have a sufficient amount of testing to meet the requirements of a phase one re-opening if governors choose to do that," Vice President Mike Pence

"FDA has been very cautious about the antibody tests.Testing is a part of the exquisite monitoring that needs  to occur," Dr. Deborah Birx.

"We're well equipped to see when respiratory tract viral illness will come,CDC has embedded in health departments" across the country,"CDC Director Robert R. Redfield

"The thing that we're hearing is testing is everything and it isn't. The mitigation strategies that are an important part,What we really needed for for Phase One is to be able to identify, isolate [and] contact trace.A very important part of when you’re pulling back gradually and slowly on the mitigation, and you have people who might be infected, you want to know they’re infected, you want to put them in care.”

NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci-

Learn More on Opening Up America Presentation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Guidelines-for-Opening-Up-America-Again.pdf

NYC Mayor:We need 45,00 additional health care workers

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced that they were in need of 45,000 healthcare workers in the USA. Mayor Blasio invited healthcare workers to apply by saying, “Everyone who is not yet ready for this struggle, we need you.”

Meanwhile, de Blasio answered some questions. To the question of whether places like restaurants and gyms would open when the quarantine period ended on April 30th as planned, he replied that they predict that the quarantine period continue in May and that they want people to be prepared for it, stating that the time will be extended. He stated that the situation would be better by the end of May.

When asked about whether the coronavirus is seasonal or not, Blasio said, “There is still a lot to learn about the coronavirus. But let me tell you something interesting—yes, the virus may be seasonal; there is no precise information. There is one thing we know for sure that we have a few difficult months ahead of us.”

NYPD is working hard despite coronavirus challenges 

NYPD Officers continue to visit restaurants, bars, supermarkets, salons and public spaces to remind individuals of the ban on congregating in public spaces and to practice social distancing.They visited the followings as of April 5th:

 -2457 supermarkets of which 1295 were closed

 -7019 bars and restaurants of which 5499 were closed.

-1267 public places of which 754 were closed.

During the announcement by NYPD , he stated that 5,600 officers from the New York City Police Department called in sick, and 1,000 had tested positive for coronavirus.. An eleventh member of the NYPD has died from the virus.

New York Governor: “We May Reach the Peak of the Outbreak in Seven Days”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York (the epicenter of the coronavirus in the U.S.) said that the escalation in the number of cases is ongoing and that it may reach its peak in the next seven days. 

Governor Cuomo said the non-vulnerable need to rely on the healthcare system with 74 percent of people reportedly being treated and released. Governor Cuomo said he recognizes the stress on the healthcare system and how they are being asked to do the impossible.

Governor Cuomo said the Javits Center could be a major relief valve since it has a 2500 person capacity that will be staffed by federal personnel. He stated the following “I can’t tell a hospital that I can send them all the ventilators and supplies they need, we don’t have them. We need to move what we have to where it’s needed. The Federal stockpile is not enough. Help New York now, shift national and state resources now, we’ll do the same when another state hits it’s curve. 325 of the 1000 federal personnel heading to NYC public hospitals today to start. I know it’s difficult and all I can say is thank you to the front line workers.”

Watch Governor Andrew Cuomo's Video: https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1246503599020158982

March unemployment rate hits 4.4 % in the U.S

The Employment figures in the U.S. were announced. During the month of March, non-farm employment decreased by 701,000 people, the unemployment rate increased to 4.4%, and the hourly rate rose by 3.1% per annum, with an incremental increase of 0.4% per month.

The data shows that while the coronavirus epidemic has led to an increase in the unemployment rate, there has yet to be any impact on hourly earnings.

The economy in the country is almost at the point of standstill, with the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China and moved its epicenter to Europe, continuing to increase its impact in the US. While the service sector remains the worst-affected, and production has been suspended during this period, the number of applications for unemployment benefits has hit a record—reaching ten million.

In the United States of America, apart from the number of people who have been tested positive for COVID-19, the number of people applying for unemployment benefit has hit a historical high. Only last week, 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits.

Following the dismissal of 3.3 million people last week, around ten million people were left with no source of income due to the pandemic. The report prepared by the Ministry of Labor revealed that the economy was dragged into a serious recession with the shutting of businesses worldwide, while unemployment rates increased exponentially.

“It’s only the beginning.”

The high number of layoffs causes many economists to paint a pessimistic picture. It is stated that the current ten million job layoffs may increase as much as another ten million by the end of April. This number is twice as high as the dismissal number (of 8.7 million people) during the Great Depression.

The Chair of the FED: A recession is expected.

Jerome Powell, Chair of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the US could enter a recession. Powell said that the full recovery of the economy was directly linked to limiting the spread of the virus.

International economics specialist James Knightley of Dutch ING Group said that although it was known that tens of thousands of workplaces had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was shocking that there had been more than 3 million applications for unemployment pay.

“New monetary aid packages could be needed.”

The US Senate already approved the government’s $2 trillion aid package.Speaker of House,Nancy Pelosi stated that more economic relief packages would be needed in the near future.

Within the scope of this fund, three thousand dollars of support per family is planned, while businesses get 500 billion dollars of support.

President Trump: “There will be a lot of death over the next two weeks.”

New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, has recorded 630 deaths, the highest number of fatalities in a single day. The President of the US, Trump, said, “The next two weeks will be tough, and unfortunately there will be a lot of death.”

 President Trump put an end to the vaccine issue: “It takes 15–16 months for approval.” He is talking instead about ready-to-use drugs that may suppress the virus.

Some Highlights from President Trump:

-We are trying to save people’s lives. The media must stop fake news! Are they after ratings?

-I don’t care about OPEC.”

-There's going to be "a horrific point in terms of death" and US getting close to that level now,

-I believe in the effect of the drug hydroxychloroquine.We have stockpiled 29 million pills of the hydroxychloroquine. There's some very strong, powerful signs" that hydroxychloroquine works for treating #COVID19

-I want to save live and I don't want it to be in the lab for the next year and a half while people are dying all over the place

3000 soldiers(Health Professionals) will be sent to New York,New Jersey and Connecticut

Trump also remarked that 300 million gloves, 8 million masks, 3 million gowns, and many more critical supplies are being distributed across the nation right now.

Trump stated, “We want them to help our country. We need masks. We don’t want others to buy these masks. You can call this retaliation.” He pointed out, “The expenses of the hospitals that treat uninsured coronavirus patients will be covered by the federal government for the next sixty days. We are expanding the role of our armed forces in our fight against the Coronavirus. Because nobody is as ready for war as us, and we are fighting an invisible enemy right now. I didn’t say that stadiums and arenas must be open in August.”

 President Trump also announced he had a video conference with the managers of the three most popular sports in the country (baseball, American football, and basketball).

Trump said, “We need to open up our country. The treatment can’t be worse than the problem. I want to see the fans back at the arenas when they are ready. The sooner, the better!” 

Trump stated that he believed the national congress of the Republican party would take place as planned on August 24, prior to the presidential election that will be held on November 3.

The Trump administration has recommended the people of the USA to use cloth masks on a volunteer basis to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Sharing the recommendation at a press conference in the White House, Trump also announced that he would not implement the recommendation.

Dr. Mehmet Oz: "Practice social distancing."

Dr.Mehmet Oz, Turkish-American, a famous doctor from The Dr. Oz Show, was interview by Ali Cinar. Dr. Oz talked about the social distancing rules, the latest on the vaccine, plasma treatment, and other issues related to coronavirus pandemic.Dr. Oz is ranked #1 of the most influential Turkish-Americans, and he was also one of the awardees of Turk of America Magazine.

When do you see the coronavirus stopping?

    1. Since this is a novel, or new, virus, it’s hard to predict when its transmission will slow or completely stop.
    2. During the coming months of April and May we hope that social distancing will impact the number of coronavirus cases and cause transmission to slow.
    3. Some medical professionals think that as the weather gets warmer (in the months of May, June and July) we may see transmission slow because the virus swell and does not travel as far thru air.
    4. We will probably see the virus come back again as the weather gets colder - and that’s something everyone, especially the healthcare system, should consider preparing for.

Any comment on a vaccine?

    1. There are multiple companies working on a vaccine right now which is good news! But unfortunately I don’t anticipate a vaccine before 12-18 months. This is because vaccines have to prove both safety and efficacy, meaning that this vaccine is not only safe for the public but that it actually works.
    2. This involves multiple clinical trials which take time and that’s why I think it will be 12-18 months before we have a vaccine

Does plasma treatment  work for the patients?

    1. Plasma treatment would mean that antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus, could be taken people who have recovered from the virus and be given to people who haven’t had the virus yet. Essentially allowing people to be able to fight the virus off should they ever get infected
    2. Medical centers around the world are starting trials to see if plasma treatment could work and a promising report from our biggest journal JAMA is supportive

What is/are your recommendation(s) regarding people using a mask in public?

    1. The purpose of wearing a mask is to decrease the chance that people who are infected spread the disease to others.
    2. You can wear a homemade mask - but keep in mind that it offers a limited amount of protection if any protection at all.
    3. Even if you are wearing a mask, you should still be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and staying inside as much as possible

What is/are your recommendation(s) to people to protect themselves.

    1. Right now the number one thing people can do to protect themselves is practice social distancing. We don’t have a vaccine that we can deploy so our best weapon against the virus is to stay at home. This means avoiding any large gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others when you go places like a grocery store.
    2. People should also make sure to practice hygiene measures like washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and cleaning any high touch surfaces in their home multiple times a day.

Do you think that the estimated number of fatalities will reach the projected amount of 100k-240k?

    1. Sadly, I do think it’s possible that the estimates made by some of America’s leading experts could be reached.
    2. If people follow the recommendations made by organizations like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we could prevent the fatality number from getting that high.

How can NYC prevent this peak or what can New Yorkers do to lower this number?

    1. The number one thing that people can do especially New Yorkers can do at this time is practice social distancing. We are evaluating some promising medical therapies to reduce the impact of infection like hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics and antivirals.

             

*Our Journalist Ali Cinar's interview with Dr.Mehmet Oz was also published on Milliyet in Turkish.

NYC Mayor de Blasio Announces Mask Donation from the United Nations to Help Fight the Spread of COVID-19

For the health care professionals working to fight this epidemic, the United Nations has donated 250,000 surgical masks to New York City, which has become the epicenter of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. It is also the city that hosts the United Nations.

Following the written statement made by Guterres, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the U.N. warehouses at the U.N. headquarters to receive the delivery of the masks.

In his speech delivered at the U.N. headquarters, Mayor de Blasio made the following statement: “In the midst of this crisis, in the midst of all these pains and difficulties people suffer, when people try to achieve good things, we should see the moments which tell really positive things; we should see that light pieces,” and he emphasized support and solidarity in such a time.

In his statement, Blasio expressed the importance of each and every donation and stated that New York urgently needs help by saying, “Someone out there might not have a quarter of a million surgical masks, but we would accept even one box of surgical masks. We will accept everything we receive or that we can take.”

Critical Statement from NYC Mayor De Blasio: We Need Help!

‘A week's worth of medical supplies left’ in the U.S., New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that healthcare workers fighting with the coronavirus have a week's worth of medical supplies left.

He stated, “Unfortunately, we are of the opinion that this crisis (COVID-19) will get serious starting from April to May; this is the truth.”

De Blasio warned that the half of the population of New York (which has approximately 8,5 million) would get infected by this epidemic sooner or later and stated that the 80% of this percentage would get over this epidemic with light effects, but 20% of it will face serious health problems, and even most of them will lose their lives.

De Blasio assessed that the city would most likely remain closed until May due to the struggle against the new type of coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio emphasized that even solely New York City needs 15,000 ventilators and said: “We need the President and everyone in Washington to understand this blind truth. Numbers in pandemic and its effects on people are taken into consideration, but we can't underestimate and ignore all these things,” said he.

Mayor Blasio, who emphasized the fact that the pandemic will get worse before getting better, said, "It is going to be better if the president makes no secret of the fact that we have a really tough war ahead of us."

Coronavirus hit NYPD

Latest from the NYPD: 5,199 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report, which accounts for 14.4% of the Department's uniformed workforce. Currently, 824 uniformed members and 106 civilian members have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

"In the last 48 hours, we've lost three members of the NYPD family. Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us #NeverForget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice," said NYPD Commissioner Shea

The Commissioner added, "We have thousands of employees working from home as long as they could do those jobs and still operate at a high level with the Police Department delivering functions. We're given discretion to frontline commanders in terms of accommodating people, particularly people over 50 years of age with vulnerabilities such as this disease seems to strike harder."

We wish all law enforcement officers a speedy recovery. 

Visa Announcement Concerning Worldwide Healthcare Professionals from the U.S.

The U.S. recently became the number one country, surpassing China and Italy, in regard to the total number of infected cases. Therefore, the statement has been published and invited health professionals to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate for obtaining visas, “as long as they possess the necessary and valid documentation.”

The statement in question has been published on the website of the U.S. Department of State, under the visas section. It was noted in the statement that “Medical professionals with approved I-129, I-140 (or similar) petitions or with valid certifications to participate exchange programs (such as DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of coronavirus“ are encouraged to visit the website of the closest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.

The Association of American Medical Colleges  estimated that in a decade from now the United States would likely face a shortage of about 105,000 doctors. About a fourth of all US health care workers, and a third of doctors, are foreign born.

Details: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-h2-visas.html

Secretary Pompeo: Our team won't stop until we get all #AmericansHome who wish to return.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also made an announcement about bringing U.S. citizens home: “Our team is out there taking care of Americans, keeping our own team safe, and we’ve now brought over 10,000 #AmericansHome from places where they were stranded through no fault of their own.”

President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30

President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30

President Donald Trump organized a press conference at the White House where he announced, “The next two weeks are critical. Everybody should do their part and pay attention to social distance. This nightmare will come to an end one day. We decided to extend the precautions related to COVID-19 until April 30.”

“Today, we reached a historic milestone in our war against the coronavirus. Over one million Americans have been tested — more than any other country by far. [They are] not even close.”

Stating that his administration made serious progress on the coronavirus epidemic and they expected the death rate of the pandemic to reach its peak in 2 weeks, President Trump added that it is his expectation that the recovery process will have begun by June 1.

Over 2 Million People in the U.S. Could Die if Coronavirus Goes Unchecked

President Trump said, “It was expected that 2.2 million people could die if we hadn’t done anything, but if we come out of this with 100 to 200 thousand deaths, which is considerably less than that, then that will mean that we have done very well,” claiming that the government had carried out more tests than all of the other countries in the world and that that was the reason why the number of cases is so high.

Masks Question

Regarding the concerns about “the lack of medical equipment” in New York hospitals, Trump stated,

“How do these hospitals’ need for masks go from [10,000]–20,000 to 300,000 masks per week? There is something going on in New York hospitals. You should look into this situation as journalists. Where are these masks going? Are they going to elsewhere through the back door?”

Upon being reminded that he had earlier stated, “I want to restore the country to its previous state until Easter on April 12,” President Trump said, “I just said this as an aspiration.” Trump, who said that “there is nothing worse than declaring victory before winning it,” stated,

“The American youth is affected more than the European youth.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House’s coronavirus task force, stated in a speech that they hope that projections that show the virus killing between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the U.S. are false and added, “Unfortunately, American youth is affected more than European youth. That’s the reason why every model may not be very correct.”

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the U.S. could see millions of coronavirus cases and 100,000 or more deaths.

Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin highlighted that the $2.2 trillion package would support the economy and employees for ten weeks, and if additional time is required, the government will evaluate what may be needed.

The disease caused by the new coronavirus has killed at least 2,945 people in the United States as of March 30.

NYC Mayor De Blasio: “We are taking serious precautions against the coronavirus.”

Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, night clubs, and cafes are closed due to the coronavirus in New York, one of the most crowded cities in the world, and one that’s active 24 hours a day.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that bars, cafes, and restaurants would only sell take-out food and continue to serve homes while banning spending more time in these venues.

De Blasio has also ordered night clubs, movie theaters, concert halls, and small theater halls to close, saying in a written statement:

“This isn’t a decision I make easily. These places are our City’s heart and soul. It’s part of being a New Yorker... However, our city is now facing an unprecedented threat, and we must act with wartime logic.”

The mayor published the notice on Monday, and over 50 thousand restaurants in New York closed starting today. According to the National Restaurant Association, the annual income of New York City restaurants is 51 billion dollars, employing over 800 thousand workers.

Shelves are empty in many markets in the U.S., schools in many states are closed, and there is a great risk of unemployment as many businesses close temporarily.

Latest update on Coronavirus

As of now,there are 463 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City and 7 deaths. The NYC mayor stated in a statement that “we grieve with their families and loved ones.”

NYC'S Guidelines about COVID-19 : https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coronaviru…

The hardest decline of the last 33 years in the US travel industry

The hardest decline of the last 33 years in the US travel industry
Travel industry forms in the US have experienced the hardest depreciation of the last 33 years. The travel industry and tourism companies suffered sharp declines following President Trump’s announcement last Thursday that European flights were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak for 30 days.

According to the news created by the statistical database Statista on Yahoo Finance data, the travel industry has experienced the most severe decline since 1987. Industries such as airlines, cruise, and online reservation platforms have been badly affected.

The Cruise Companies have losses of over 30%
The top three US cruise companies suffered more than 30% loss in stock market shares. Airlines and online booking companies have also suffered double-digit losses. Cruise companies like Norwegian Cruise Line suffered 35.8% losses in shares. Royal Caribbean experienced a loss of 31.8%, and Carnival suffered a loss of 31.2%.

Status of the Airline Companies

While United Airlines suffered 24.9% losses, Delta Air Lines suffered 21% and American Airlines 17.34%. Online reservation platforms ,such as Expedia (15.2%) and Booking Holdings (11.2%), have also suffered losses in the stock market.

Coronavirus Precautions from Turkish Airlines

Announcement from THY: “As Turkish Airlines, our top priority is the safety and health of our passengers and teams. From the first days of COVID-19 news reports, Turkish Airlines has followed the developments closely, evaluated possible scenarios at the highest level, and took all additional necessary measures. All the cabins in our international flights, the interiors of our passenger buses, our passenger lounges, and ticketing areas are going through a detailed cleaning process. This process includes a disinfectant steaming treatment, which has been proven effective against viruses, including the new coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Additionally, Turkish Airlines has announced that ticket changes will be made free of charge for passengers who have canceled flights departing from Germany, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.”

 

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