The number of deaths in the US from the novel coronavirus increased to 6 on Monday, all in Washington State, authorities said, suggesting the northwest Pacific contagion has taken root. Vice President Mike Pence stated that medication could be available for the disease by the summer or early fall, but that a vaccine would be farther off.
Pence, the point man for the crisis of the administration, also said that the government was preparing to screen 100 per cent of passengers travelling in from Italy and South Korea, two extreme hot virus zones. Five of the six American deaths were from King County, Washington’s most populous state and host to Seattle, a city of over 700,000 residents. The sixth victim has been from neighbouring county Snohomish, authorities said.
The state confirms four new cases, three out of the same nursing home, bringing the total number of U.S. cases to over 90— around half of which were people deport either from China or from a virus-infect cruise ship off Japan. Dow Constantine, King County’s top official, states his office is in talks to buy a motel in which people needing solitude can be housed.
He was probably referring to the medication remdesivir. It is an antiviral drug develops by Gilead, a pharmaceutical company. It already helps to treat one U.S. patient. Also, progressed to two final stage large clinical trials in Asia. Most vaccines and drugs are under production. But remdesivir is the closest to commercial availability.
The US Increases Screening, Authorities on Alert
Pence adds that a consortium forms by US pharmaceutical companies. This is to work together and exchange information to develop these drugs.
Italy has reported 1,700 cases, and 4,000 in South Korea. The U.S. is also increasing its screening efforts significantly after it comes under fire for not testing enough.
Governor Andrew Cuomo cautioned in New York. He sais that it would be “inevitable” for the virus to spread in the international financial hub. It is after its first report case identify when a health care worker travels to Iran.
Cuomo states that the 39-year-old woman identify positive is with similar symptoms and recovering at home in isolation. However, her husband supposes to test positive too. About 3,100 people worldwide have died from the virus, the vast majority of them in China. There are more than 90,000 infects people, with cases report in over 60 countries.