Coronavirus US live: Donald Trump gives briefing on Covid-19
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Trump praised the sacrifice made by the American public and businesses before stating that the US has the “greatest economy in the history of our country.” He added that “we had the best unemployment numbers and best employment number we’ve had, by far.”
While the US unemployment rate has dropped to low levels during Trump’s presidency, it’s not at an all-time record. In April last year, the unemployment rate fell to 3.6% – the lowest since 1969. This rate was at or below 4% for the preceding year.
Trump once again touted US stockpile of 10,000 ventilators, which he said the government is “holding back” strategically.
But experts say that the government’s secretive stockpile of medicines, vaccines, protective clothing and equipment, stashed in a dozen warehouses across the country, isn’t enough to meet the demand for medical equipment needed to treat coronavirus patients. State governors, including Andrew Cuomo of New York, have asked for tens of thousands of ventilators.
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, public health experts wrote: “The national strategic reserve of ventilators is small and far from sufficient for the projected gap. No matter which estimate we use, there are not enough ventilators for patients with Covid-19 in the upcoming months.”