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United States President Donald Trump said the federal government has stockpiled 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine…reports Asian Lite News

The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine will be used in a trial covering 3,000 patients at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the results will be tracked in a formal study, said US Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence told a White House briefing on Sunday that they were “more than prepared” to make hydroxychloroquine available to doctors’ offices and pharmacies in the Detroit area, reports xinhua news agency.

President Donald Trump said the federal government has stockpiled 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

Last week, Trump said hydroxychloroquine was being administered to 1,100 patients in New York along with Z-Pak, or azithromycin.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the White House briefing on Saturday there was no “definitive information to be able to make any comment” on whether the drug can be used to treat coronavirus.

The US is stepping up the development of treatments for COVID-19 patients, including experimenting with hydroxychloroquine and blood-related therapies, as confirmed cases and death toll continue to rise.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the US reached 337,620 as of Monday, the highest in the world, with 9,643 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

US President Donald Trump during a press conference at the White House.

1.6 mn people tested

US President Donald Trump has claimed that some 1.6 million people in country underwent testing for the COVID-19.

Trump, who made the remarks during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing on Sunday, said that by Tuesday, 3,000 military and public health workers will be deployed across the nation to cope with the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agncy.

Trump broke down into specific numbers a total of 1,700 ventilators the government has distributed to some states through the Federal Emergency Management Agency — 500 to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana, 600 to Illinois, 100 to Massachusetts, and 300 to Michigan.

He said the federal government on Monday will send some 600,000 N95 respirators to New York State, the national epicentre of the pandemic where the fatality rate has, however, dropped.

New York's Times Square is almost deserted on Saturday, March 14, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Called the “Crossroads of the World,” Times Square is usually crowded with tourists from around the world and New Yorkers on a weekend. (Photo: Arul Louis/IANS) by .
New York’s Times Square is almost deserted. (Photo: Arul Louis/IANS)

The government will also send some 200,000 N95 masks to Suffolk County, Long Island.

Trump reiterated that days ahead will be tough for Americans as the virus continues to spread.

“This will probably be the toughest week between this week and next week, and a lot of death, unfortunately.”

There were 337,620 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,643 deaths nationwide, data from the Johns Hopkins University showed.

“The US will reach a horrific point in terms of death,” Trump said, while voicing his optimism that “it will be a point where things will start changing for the better”.

Also Read – Corona Global Round-Up: US Death Toll Tops 9,000

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