In the United States, president Donald Trump has signed an executive order to prevent hoarding of vital medical supplies and personal protective equipment. The order was issued as the country registered over 130 deaths in a day due to coronavirus for the first time.
More than 43,700 confirmed cases of COVID 19 were reported in the United States till yesterday. Of these, over 10,000 were added in one day, according to Worldometer, a website which compiles COVID-19 cases. With 139 deaths, the number of fatalities crossed 550 last night.
Signing the executive order, Trump said that his government would take action against hoarding and excessive pricing of vital medical and personal protective equipment as well as supplies such as hand sanitisers and face masks. He also announced that clinical trials for existing drugs that may prove effective against the virus will begin in New York.