Impending shortage of ICU beds in U.S. over COVID-19 outbreak
Updated: 2020-07-09 17:07:20 KST
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has reached more than 3-million 50-thousand on Wednesday local time. This follows U.S. reporting over 60 thousand new infections on Tuesday, an all-time high single-day increase.
According to Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday local time, over 132-thousand deaths have been reported in the U.S.
Some states are facing an impending shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds. In Florida, one of the hot spots, 42 hospitals had no more capacity to take in patients in their intensive care units.
In Texas, which recently surpassed 10-thousand daily cases for the first time, the number of hospitalized patients more than doubled in just two weeks.
Despite the surge in new cases, U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday local time that public schools in the U.S. should reopen in September and federal funding would be cut if schools do not open this fall.
"So we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. And it's very important. It's very important for our country."
He also said that when the schools open, the climate will be much better than it is currently, citing advances in new treatments and therapies for COVID-19.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told a briefing on Wednesday that every state and territory should take steps to get students back in the classroom in the fall but added that they would be respectful of states and local communities that have to adjust to a certain set of school days or other limitations.
Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.