Governor Gavin Newsom updates the state's response to the coronavirus in Rancho Cordova, California. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
California's governor said on Monday that the state would likely need 50,000 more hospital beds to accommodate a surge in coronavirus patients predicted by computer modeling.
Governor Gavin Newsom, speaking at a news conference, said the California hospital system could make emergency adjustments to provide up to 30,000 of those beds but that another 20,000 would be required if predictions of the course of the illness prove true.
"We're identifying convention facilities, fairgrounds. We're identifying specific assets throughout the state, including motels and hotels, not just for the homeless, but potentially to provide capacity," Newsom said.
The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy departed San Diego on Monday and was expected to dock in Los Angeles in about a week, providing 1,000 beds, according to a spokesman for the US Department of Defence.
California, the nation's most populous state, has been hard hit by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1,700 confirmed cases and 27 deaths. Those Navy ship beds will be used to treat patients not infected with COVID-19, the Defense Department has said, easing the strain on hospitals.
There have been more than 40,000 coronavirus cases nationwide, with more than 500 deaths.Reuters
Global deaths stand at over 434,000 and have doubled in seven weeks. Although Brazil's official death toll from the pandemic has risen to nearly 44,000, the true impact is likely far greater than the data show, health experts said, citing a lack of widespread testing in Latin America's largest country.
South Korea has seen a rapid rise in infections in recent days as authorities carry out checks on more than 260,000 people associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious group often condemned as a cult that is linked to more than half the cases.
The outbreak has infected a host of senior officials, politicians, clerics and members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in Iran, the fourth worst-affected nation after China, South Korea and Italy.
The region's governor Alexander Brechalov confirmed there were "casualties and wounded among children", speaking in a video statement outside school No88 in Izhevsk.
The FSB said it had arrested the Japanese consul in the act of obtaining classified information about the impact of Western sanctions on the economic situation in Russia's Far East.
The visa is issued to all nationalities for a period of 5 years, without a guarantor, and allows the beneficiary to stay in the country for a continuous period not exceeding 90 days, and it may be extended for a longer period, provided that it does not exceed 180 days per year.
Palestinian media reported that hundreds of settlers stormed Al Aqsa Square from the Mughrabi Gate, with strict protection from the Israeli forces, in the form of groups, each of which includes 50 settlers, and performed Talmudic rituals and carried out provocative tours in the mosque’s courtyards.