COVID-19 cases surpass 35,000 in the U.S., and state of major disaster issued for 3 states
Updated: 2020-03-23 17:06:01 KST
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed 35-thousand and the death toll is over 400.
Now, the U.S. has the third-most coronavirus patients in the world after Italy and China.
In efforts to combat the pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump has approved requests from New York, California and Washington to declare a state of major disaster in those three states.
"I want to assure the American people that we're doing everything we can each day to confront and ultimately defeat this horrible, invisible enemy. We're at war, in a true sense, we're at war and we're fighting an invisible enemy, think of that."
In Atlanta, Georgia a 12-year-old girl is confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus and is on a ventilator, fighting for her life.
A cousin revealed her condition to raise awareness for parents that children can be infected with the virus.
She had no underlying conditions and no recent travel record.
Meanwhile, news outlets reported on Sunday that former American film producer and convicted sex offender, Harvey Weinstein, has tested positive for COVID-19 while in prison.
He is reportedly isolated at a correctional facility in upstate New York.
World-renowned opera singer, Placido Domingo, posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he has tested positive for the virus.
Last year, Domingo was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women and resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera.
Over in India, the coronavirus has halted operations at Samsung's biggest smartphone factory.
Samsung Electronics announced on Monday that, following the Indian government's order, their factory located near New Delhi will shutdown for the next three days.
Hyundai Motor announced that its automobile factory located in the south of India will close until the end of March.
And, the Posco factory, located in the western part of the country producing continuous galvanized iron, is decreasing its output as the region is currently under lockdown.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.