On Sunday, the number of confirmed US coronavirus cases crossed 500 after two more cases added. However, President Donald Trump defended his administration’s “perfectly coordinated” response to the epidemic.
The surge came as medics headed to a cruise ship off the California coast to prepare passengers for landfall, and Senator Ted Cruz went into self-quarantine after shaking hands with an affected person.
The novel coronavirus has already spread into some 30 US states, including Oregon, the latest to declare an emergency, and 60 million people in California and New York under crisis measures.
On Sunday, two more deaths were reportedly linked to the deadly virus near Seattle. There is a total of 21 deaths reported so far in the nation. President Trump, this morning, made a tweet where he blamed the media for trying to make his government “look bad”. His move comes after he has faced accusations of peddling misinformation on the outbreak.
“We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus,” he tweeted.
“We moved VERY early to close borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend. V.P. is doing a great job. The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to make us look bad. Sad!”
The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan criticized Trump saying that he “hasn’t communicated the way I would, and the way I might like him to.”
Trump has been heavily rebuked for repeatedly contradicting the advice of his administration’s experts in his public pronouncements about the coronavirus. He was also blamed for downplaying the seriousness of coronavirus which has killed 3,500 people emerging in China.