COVID-19 cases surpass 46,000 in the U.S. while China is to lift lockdown for most of Hubei Province at midnight
Updated: 2020-03-24 17:35:06 KST
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed 46-thousand and the death toll is over 500.
The total number of U.S. cases is the third highest in the world, following Italy and China.
More state governors are ordering people to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Health authorities have emphasized that social distancing is the key to curbing widespread transmission.
Washington was the latest state to issue a stay at home order and keep businesses closed.
Now nearly half of the U.S. population have been ordered not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary, such as going to grocery stores and hospitals.
As the number of the coronavirus cases surge, state and local officials are pleading for more supplies.
Hospitals are running low on masks and other protective gear, as well as ventilators.
Medical personnel in New York state are experiencing a shortage of N96 masks, and even normal surgical masks. Nurses are being told to wear the masks that they do have for as long as possible.
California said it needs 50-thousand more sickbeds for the growing number of the virus patients.
Over in China, the lockdown on the virus-hit Hubei province is to be lifted at midnight Wednesday except for the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started.
Wuhan will remain locked down until April 8th.
Chinese authorities announced on Tuesday that those free from the virus will be allowed to leave the province, but they'll have to provide a health clearance code.
The end of the lockdown comes as the number of newly confirmed cases has dropped remarkably.
Only one new infection was reported in Wuhan on Monday.
With most of China's new cases coming from travelers abroad, authorities have imposed tougher screening and quarantine measures on overseas arrivals.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.