Trump says he’s considering canceling domestic flights to coronavirus hot spots
UNTV News • April 2, 2020 • 373
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (April 1) he was considering a plan to halt flights to U.S. coronavirus hot spots as the United States struggles to contain a pandemic projected to kill at least 100,000 people.
“We are thinking about hotspots where you go from spot to spot – both hot – and we’ll let you know fairly soon,” he said.
Such a plan might conceivably shut down traffic at airports in hard-hit New York, New Orleans, and Detroit.
Domestic flights have already greatly reduced as demand has fallen in wake of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Trump and physicians advising him said between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States are likely to die from the virus in the coming weeks even if Americans adhere closely to stay-at-home guidelines for April. (Reuters)
The Vietnamese government has turned over US$50,000-worth of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits with accompanying extraction kits to the Department of Health (DOH).
The test kits were delivered to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., and Health Undersecretary Carolina Taino ceremonially received the donation from Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung.
“Describing the donation as a manifestation of the enduring close friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam, Ambassador Chung assured Secretary Locsin of the Vietnamese government’s support for the Philippines’ ongoing efforts in fighting COVID-19, as well as in promoting and protecting the welfare of the Filipino people,” the DFA said in a statement.
The donation comes ahead of the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Vietnam Strategic Partnership on November 17. AAC
Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad increased to 20 more as of Thursday (October 28), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Total confirmed cases, based on the recent report of the DFA, went up to 11,224 with 3,153 undergoing treatment and 7,254 recovered. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths reached 817.
“Figures [today] show 20 new confirmed cases, 6 new recoveries, and 1 new fatality due to COVID-19 among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa,” the DFA said.
The total number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 81.
“The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amidst this ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said. AAC
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