U.S. Coronavirus Update As Death Toll Surpasses 150, Trump Admin Prepares for Pandemic to Last 18 Months or Longer


The COVID-19 virus outbreak continues in the U.S., where the death toll has climbed past 150, bringing the country’s total cases to more than 9,400, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Confirmed cases have now surpassed 227,000 globally, including more than 9,300 deaths. Over 84,500 people have recovered from infection so far.

The virus was first detected in China’s Wuhan city of the Hubei province and the country claims the outbreak has been largely contained, reporting no new domestic cases for the first time since the outbreak began.

China has reported over 81,100 cases, with more than 3,100 deaths and nearly 70,000 recoveries, but more cases have now been reported outside China than within.

The outbreak could last “18 months or longer”

The Trump administration has reportedly devised a contingency plan for a pandemic that could last “18 months or longer” with “multiple waves of illness,” according to a 100-page federal document outlining the plan, obtained by CNN.

The government was said to be preparing for different situations such as “significant shortages for government, private sector and individual U.S. consumers,” including a shortage of medical equipment such as protective gear and ventilators.