Coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 2.5 million on Saturday as the new states experienced record peaks this week in their daily infection rates.
According to data from John Hopkins University, the United States has reached 2,507,874 cases – a quarter of the nearly 10 million cases worldwide.
Several states in the United States – including Florida, Texas and Arizona – recorded alarming new records in their daily rates of coronavirus infection, with Florida reporting 20% of the country’s 45,000 daily increases on Saturday.
The state health department has reported more than 9,600 new cases of COVID-19, breaking Friday’s record close to 9,000 cases and marking the third time this week that Sunshine State has exceeded the rate of daily infection.
FLORIDA SEES THE THIRD DAY OF CORONAVIRUS RECORD IN ONE WEEK
The mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos A. Gimenez, has announced that all beaches in his county will be closed from July 3 to 7, and potentially longer.
“The closure can be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not comply with the new normal rules requiring that masks are always worn inside commercial establishments and outside when a social distance d “At least 6 feet is not possible,” Gimenez told the Floridians in a statement on Friday. .
The state’s alcohol regulatory board also announced a statewide ban on in-person drinking in bars.
State officials believe the increase in cases is attributed to young demographic groups who meet in social settings without following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines to keep a distance of 6 feet and wear a mask because the guidelines are not enforced statewide.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Friday that he did not believe that having national mask regulations was the right decision.
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“We advised that something could have an impact,” said DeSantis. “At the same time, policing and imposing criminal sanctions is something that would likely have the opposite effect.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that the state is suspending all plans to reopen for the time being to curb the rapid increase in coronavirus cases seen recently.
On Friday, the governor signed a decree suspending rafting and tubing activities. Bars and similar establishments that derive more than 51% of their gross sales from the sale of alcoholic beverages have also been forced to close, much to the chagrin of many business owners.
In addition, restaurants at restaurants will only have 50% capacity by June 29, up from the 75% currently in place.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who lifted state house arrest orders in May, is now asking residents to stay home to avoid a further spike in cases.
Arizona reported 3,600 new cases on Saturday and is speeding up hospital readiness.
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Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus task force, was invited this week if he saw a correlation between states that reopened early and states that now see spikes in cases of coronavirus.
“I think there will be a temptation for people to look at these sunbelt states that have reopened and put people back to work and suggest that the reopening has to do with what we saw last week”, said Pence. .
Pence announced that he was postponing his campaign tour of Florida and Arizona on Saturday due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 in these states.
However, a Pence spokesperson told Fox News that he will still be traveling to Florida, Texas and Arizona next week to meet with the governors and assess the situation on the ground.