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Pritzker: ‘This will go down in history as a profound failure of our national government’

Gov. JB Pritzker said during a news conference Thursday in Chicago that the federal government’s lack of early action in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak “will go down in history as a profound failure of our national government.” (Credit: blueroomstream.com)

COVID-19 claims 16 more lives as 715 more positive cases reported in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI
Capitol News Illinois
jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com

The COVID-19 death toll grew by 16 Thursday, to 157, and the confirmed cases grew to 7,695, an increase of 715 from one day ago.

The fatalities were recorded in Christian, Cook, DuPage, McHenry and Whiteside counties, all of which had one, except Cook, which recorded 12 deaths in people aged in their 30s to 80s. A total of 43,656 people have been tested, an increase of more than 3,000 from Wednesday.

“This is a novel coronavirus, which basically just means it’s new to humans. There’s no vaccine and no one is immune,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a daily briefing on the virus Thursday in Chicago. “Because of the lack of immunity in our population, there’s a greater risk of overwhelming our medical systems if too many people get sick from it all at once. It’s that simple.”

Logan, Macoupin, Mercer, Moultrie and Piatt counties are now reporting cases, meaning 61 of the state’s 102 counties have confirmed virus cases, although experts warn that all should act as if the virus is in their community.

Pritzker also announced a new website aimed at reinforcing the state’s social distancing efforts at allin.illinois.gov, and criticized the federal government’s response in his strongest terms yet.

“I’m honestly upset about the lack of early action on a national basis. This will go down in history as a profound failure of our national government,” Pritzker said. “I’m telling you this, because in terms of state actions, state orders, we’ve nearly exhausted every avenue available. Now the rest is up to you.”

He said staying home is the most important actions Illinoisans can take to limit the spread of the virus.

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