Number of unemployment claims rising in the U.S. and Canada amid coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump has consistently said each state’s governors should be doing their jobs in monitoring their unique situation and act accordingly.

Even with the number of coronavirus cases still skyrocketing in the country and experts expecting a peak in a couple of weeks, Trump has resisted a nationwide lockdown order.

“States are different. And I understand that the governor of Florida, great Governor Ron DeSantis issued one today. And, that’s good. That’s great. But there are some states that are different. There are some states that don’t have much of a problem. There are some, well, they don’t have the problem. They don’t have thousands of people that are positive, with thousands of people that even think they might have it, or hundreds of people in some cases. So you have to look you have to look at it. So you have to give a little bit of flexibility.”

China handling pandemic 

Meanwhile, China has rejected the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Beijing concealed the extent of the coronavirus crisis — and even blamed the U.S. for looking to shift blame for its own handling of the pandemic.

“The numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side. And I’m being nice when I say that relative to what we witnessed and what was reported, but we discussed that with him (Chinese President Xi), not so much the numbers as what they did and how they’re doing.”

Outbreak in a Southern California nursing home 

One of the latest cases of a community outbreak is now in Southern California with a nursing home in Yupica reporting more than 50 residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19.

Officials are now worried this may spread rapidly if everyone’s not tested.

“And I ask the people that are being interviewed, be honest. I mean if you have come in contact with somebody that has worked in one of these facilities, let them know. Because one person could very well go out and give it to 50 other people,” said Rep. Paul Cook.

California now has nearly 800 COVID-19 patients in ICU care, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases.

The state has already announced they are closing schools for the rest of the school year.

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