KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 – The US tally of positive cases of Covid-29 has surpassed 200,000 people as the authorities reported a total of 210,000 cases as of Wednesday afternoon.
With a daily record of 900 deaths including a 6-week-old, the nation now has at least 4,669 dead due to the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that about a quarter of carriers are asymptomatic.
“Information that we have pretty much confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic. That may be as many as 25%,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said, according to CNN.
90% of the country is already under stay-at-home orders issued by all but 12 states. Yet, some are calling for a national shelter-in-place orders as the number of fatalities surge.
Despite this, president Donald Trump says a national order is unnecessary.
“States are different and I understand that the governor of Florida, great governor, Ron DeSantis, issued one today and that’s good, that’s great. But there are some states that are different. There are some states that don’t have much of a problem,” Trump was quoted as saying.
Officials are now reconsidering the usage of face mask by public as the number of asymptomatic carriers increase.
“We’re not there yet, but I think we’re close to coming to some determination,” clarified Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
But the shortage of masks for healthcare workers are a big concern for the authority.
“We have a massive global shortage,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said.
“Right now, the people most at risk from this virus are front line health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific.”