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Politics Trump accuses hospitals of hoarding ventilators and implies face masks are being stolen

03:15  30 march  2020
03:15  30 march  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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U.S. President Donald Trump accused hospitals on Sunday of hoarding ventilators that are in scarce supply On March 25, Trump issued an executive order to prevent hoarding of essential medical equipment to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, including ventilators and masks .

Trump accused hospitals of hoarding ventilators that are in scarce supply across the United Trump , whose critics have accused him of trying to deflect blame over his handling of the crisis, did It was also unclear which medical facilities he was referring to. "We have some healthcare workers

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President Trump claimed some hospitals are hoarding stashes of ventilators and insinuated that staff may be stealing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Many of the states have stocked up, some of them don't want to admit it," the president said Sunday at a press conference. "We have sent so many things to them including ventilators. You know there's a question as to hoarding of ventilators. Some hospitals and independents hospitals and some hospital chains as we call them, they are holding ventilators — they don't want to let them up."

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Trump said he wanted the hoarded ventilators for the problem areas. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been begging the federal government for more ventilators to keep up with hospital demand. The governor said he would need 30,000 ventilators for the impending "apex" of the outbreak.

The president additionally said that masks at hospitals are disappearing, asking, "Are they going out the back door?"

"How do you go from 10 to 20 to 300,000? 10 to 20,000 masks to 300,000. Even though this is different. Something’s going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going?" he wondered. "So somebody should probably look into that."

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When pressed on his comments about the masks later in the briefing, Trump called on Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to "check that."

"I think people should check that because there’s something going on. I don’t think it’s hoarding. I think it’s maybe worse than hoarding," he said. "Check it out. I don’t know. I think that’s for other people to figure out."

Earlier this month, Cuomo expressed concern that face masks and other medical equipment were being stolen from hospitals in the state. So far there have been at least 137,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. New York has been hit the hardest with at least 33,000 cases.

Tesla shows how it builds ventilators using Model 3 parts .
Tesla’s EV plants are shuttered due to the coronavirus, but like other automakers, it’s retooling its operations to build ventilators. Now, the company has released a YouTube video showing a prototype built with EV parts including the Model 3’s display and infotainment system. Hospital-grade oxygen goes into Tesla’s mixing chamber (a car part used in Tesla’s vehicles). It’s subsequently pumped through Tesla’s custom designed manifold, which is powered by vehicle computers and controlled by the infotainment system. All the patient parameters are then displayed on the Model 3’s main display. First Medtronic units from Tesla getting installed in NY metro area.

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