- Two U.S. officials warned Monday that coronavirus could close the United States Postal Service by June.
- As of last week, 13 postal workers had fallen ill. By Tuesday morning, more than 46,000 cases had been identified in the United States.
- Any interruption in the postal service could delay delivery of critical drugs and improve postal voting in the upcoming elections.
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Regular postal service could be discontinued in June, two U.S. officials warn, and the impact could be catastrophic.
Critical deliveries, like last year's billions of prescription medications, could get stuck, postal voting in the upcoming November election could be hampered, and hundreds of thousands of postal workers could be unemployed.
""Based on a series of briefings and warnings this week about a critical drop in mail across the country, it has become clear that the postal service will not survive the summer without the immediate help of Congress and the White House, "said representatives Carolyn Maloney and Gerry Connolly, said in a statement Monday.
"Every church in America relies on the postal service to deliver essential goods and services, including life-saving medicines. The postal service needs the help of the United States, and we have to answer that call."
The duo too introduced an invoice This would provide $ 25 billion in emergency funding to the postal service while eliminating the agency's debt and requiring it to prioritize medical supplies.
The bill would also create temporary delivery points to protect workers. It's not clear what these might look like as the design is left up to the postal service, but the language implies something similar to Amazon's lockers, which allow users to order deliveries to a safe place other than home.
– Answer. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) March 20, 2020
Post offices such as hospitals, grocery stores, and other key stores have remained open despite the many other shutters as the coronavirus continues to spread. By Tuesday morning, over 46,000 cases had been identified in the country, including postal workers.
By last Thursday, 13 postal workers had fallen ill. The New York Times reported. The head of the Postal Post Handlers Union told the newspaper that workers in Miami, New York, Seattle, Portland, and other countries had fallen ill. It is a small number of the agency's approximately 630,000 employees, but highlights the impact of the virus on a number of industries.
"These negative impacts could be worse in rural areas where millions of Americans seek shelter and rely on the postal service to deliver essential staples," the representatives said.