San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency on Tuesday because she is worried about the international outbreak of the coronavirus.
It's a bit premature to call a state of emergency considering no vases of coronavirus have been confirmed in San Francisco. However, she claims that “the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness."
“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm,” Breed added.
The new state of emergency will allow city officials to assemble resources and personnel to expedite emergency planning measures and boost the ability to deploy a rapid response to a potential coronavirus case in the city.
The move follows a similar declaration from Santa Clara County earlier this month. The declaration is effective immediately for seven days and will be voted on by the board of supervisors on March 3.
The statement from Breed comes amid stark warnings from U.S. health officials over the chances of an outbreak of the virus in the U.S.
“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” CDC director Nancy Messonnier said on Tuesday.
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” she continued, “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.”
More than 77,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in China, where the virus was first detected, but more than 2,000 cases have been identified in other countries. Fifty-seven cases have been confirmed in the U.S., including 40 people who had been repatriated to the country from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Some lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the administration is taking bold enough action to curb the risk of the virus spreading in the U.S., with some saying the $2.5 billion it requested in in emergency coronavirus funding was insufficient.
Popular Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh gave a warning on Monday during his broadcast. He told his listeners that the coronavirus is nothing more than the common cold being hyped up by “the drive-by media” in order to take down President Donald Trump.
Limbaugh said, “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus.”
“The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.” He continued, “The drive-by media hype of this thing as a pandemic..."
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