54 percent of U.S. population ordered not to leave their homes, thousands of health workers out of action in Europe, India under lockdown
Updated: 2020-03-25 17:09:40 KST
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed 55-thousand, the third highest in the world, following Italy and China.
And the death toll is over 800.
Now more than half of the U.S. population have been ordered not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
To support businesses, workers and health care providers, the White House and Senate leaders of both parties on Wednesday agreed on a 2 trillion U.S. dollar coronavirus stimulus package.
This is the largest economic rescue bill in history and a wartime-level of investment, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"It will rush new resources onto the front lines of this healthcare fight and it will inject trillions into the economy as fast as possible to help American workers, families small businesses and industries make it through this disruption and emerge on the other side, ready to soar."
In Europe, thousands of healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus.
Spain's health authorities announced Tuesday that around 5,400 health professionals in the country have been infected14 percent of all confirmed patients.
No other country has reported this many coronavirus-infected healthcare workers.
But other European nations are also experiencing a similar problem.
As well as in Spain, Italy and France have also seen more than 30 medical professionals die from COVID-19 and thousands in self-quarantine.
Over in India, all 1.3 billion people in the country were ordered to stay home for three weeks starting Wednesday.
This is the largest anti-COVID-19 measure to be taken in the world.
"To break the cycle of coronavirus infections, a period of at least 21 days is very crucial. If we don't take care during these 21 days, then the country and your family will go back 21 years."
There are 512 active cases and 9 deaths, according to India's official tally.
The concern among health officials is that the virus is now spreading from big cities into small towns that lack public health infrastructure.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.