Coronavirus Updates: Country Of Georgia Under Emergency, US Cases Surge To 21,240, VP Pence And Wife To Be Tested

More than 278,000 people have contracted the virus and at least 11,570 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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The country of Georgia has declared a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, President Salome Zourabichvili said in a statement on Twitter Saturday.

“Based on Article 71 of the Constitution of Georgia, I have declared a State of Emergency on the entire territory of Georgia until April 21,” Zourabichvili said. “We came out strong from the first wave of COVID19, but we must be ready for what’s next. We will come out victorious together.”

Earlier in the day, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia called on the former Soviet republic’s president to declare a state of emergency.

Coronavirus outbreak in country of Georgia
Coronavirus outbreak in country of Georgia

The country’s first case of the novel coronavirus was detected in late February, and the country has 48 confirmed cases today, Gakharia said. More than 2,300 people are in quarantine zones and many are in self-isolation, he added. 

The country has closed schools and suspended military conscription and has shifted public servants to remote work, and has restricted air travel and land traffic, the prime minister said.

There are at least 21,240 coronavirus cases in the US

There are 21,240 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the country through its public health systems. So far, 267 people have died. 

The total includes cases from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases. 

Pence and his wife will be tested Saturday afternoon for coronavirus

Vice president Mike Pence and POTUS Donald Trump
Vice president Mike Pence talks with US President Donald Trump during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2020. – The first human trial to evaluate a candidate vaccine against the new coronavirus has begun in Seattle, US health officials said, raising hopes in the global fight against the disease. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday during a news conference that he and his wife Karen would be tested for the coronavirus.

Pence said that more than 195,000 Americans have been tested for the virus. Pence noted that number does not include county hospitals or health care labs around the country.

Currently, only 19,343 tests have come back positive, Pence said.

Earlier Saturday: President Trump told reporters that Congress is close to reaching a deal on a proposal for the next stimulus bill to deal with the pandemic.

On Saturday, congressional and administration negotiators entered a crucial day in the effort to deploy more than $1 trillion in emergency stimulus to a staggering economy, with a growing consensus on a final agreement, but a handful of significant hang-ups still needed to be resolved.

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