Texas cities have resumed issuing curfews and house arrest orders after state bars were forced to close Friday for the second time due to increased coronavirus cases, as the number of new infections in the United States reaches a high total time.
On Friday, the United States recorded 45,242 new cases of COVID-19, the largest one-day increase in the pandemic after at least five states, including Florida, Utah, Tennessee, Georgia and l ‘Idaho, recorded record peaks.
Underlining the escalating spread of the virus, Florida reported 9,585 new infections in the past 24 hours on Saturday morning, a record for a second day and 24 more deaths.
The death toll in the United States is now over 125,000, the highest in the world, with a total of 2.48 million confirmed cases.
The new record of positive COVID-19 tests is a disturbing sign that the country is regressing in its fight against the pandemic because certain regions which seemed to have avoided the worst are now seeing cases emerge at an alarming rate and the concerns have moved from the big cities in rural areas.
Texas and Florida have joined the short but growing list of states that are backtracking or halting any reopening of their economies due to a resurgence of the virus, mainly in the South and West.
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FIVE STATES RECORD LARGEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN ONE DAY ON FRIDAY
- Friday, 676 new positive tests, against 643 last weekend
- Two new deaths
- 20,050 confirmed cases in total
- 1,321 hospitalizations in total
- 166 deaths in total
Utah reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases on Friday with 676 new positive tests, up from 643 last weekend, and two deaths
- 1,410 new cases
- 10 new deaths
- 67 new hospitalizations (the highest since early May)
- 13,114 confirmed cases
- 577 deaths in total
Graph of the number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee as of June 26, 2020
- 1,900 new cases
- 25 new deaths
- 10,605 new hospitalizations (increase of 148 in 24 hours)
- 72,995 confirmed cases
- 2,770 deaths in total
Graph of Georgia COVID-19 cases over time as of June 27, 2020
- 283 new cases
- 5148 cases in total
- 90 deaths in total
Graph of the number of Idaho COVID-19 cases as of June 27, 2020
- 9,585 new cases
- 24 new deaths
- 132,545 cases in total
- 3,390 deaths in total
FLORIDA: On Saturday, the state reported 9,585 new infections in the past 24 hours, a record for a second day and 24 more deaths. In total, the state has reported 132,545 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 3,390 coronavirus-related deaths to date.
In a reversal of his first steps to ease restrictions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday ordered bars to be closed across the state and demanded that restaurants limit seating to 50% after the state was among the first in the country to begin lifting its foreclosure measures on May 1.
He also said that rafting and tubing providers on popular Texas rivers should close and that open gatherings of 100 or more people should be approved by local governments.
Local state governments have since resumed imposing restrictions as they strive to contain the epidemics.
In Galena Park, a small town of 10,000 people on the outskirts of Houston, authorities put in place a curfew from Saturday evening from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Mayor Esmeralda Moya, she was listening to a warning from Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo, who raised the level of public threat to its most severe level on Friday, a sign that people should shelter at home.
“It is essential to continue practicing good hygiene, staying at home as much as possible, avoiding unnecessary trips, gatherings and wearing a face covering at all times when you leave your house,” said Moya.
Farther south of Hidalgo County, just above the Mexican border, authorities imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and restricted mass gatherings to groups of ten or less on Thursday.
County judge Richard F. Cortez said the decision comes amidst a “worrying” number of new infections and residents are neglecting health measures against coronaviruses.
Texas has reported more than 17,000 new confirmed cases in the past three days, with a record number of positive tests of 5,996 Thursday and 5,707 Friday.
TEXAS: Rafts and tube outfitters on popular Texas rivers have been ordered to close and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments
TEXAS: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has given bars to the state until noon Friday to close as authorities struggle to contain epidemics amid record peaks in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations . Pictured above is the crowded handlebars in Houston, Texas last month
“It appears that despite the increase in infections, residents have not taken the necessary precautions to protect their friends and family from this disease,” Cortez said in a statement.
Texas reported more than 17,000 new cases in the past three days, with a record 5,996 on Thursday, followed by another 5,707 on Friday.
The second-largest state also sets daily hospital records, surpassing 5,000 coronavirus patients for the first time on Friday.
Abbott had so far pursued one of the most aggressive reopening schedules of any governor.
The Republican not only resisted calls to order masks, but also refused until last week to let local governments take such action.
“As I said at the outset, if the positivity rate exceeds 10%, the State of Texas would take further steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Abbott.
“At the moment, it is clear that the increase in the number of cases is largely due to certain types of activities, in particular the Texans who gather in bars.”
Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat who is the county’s top civil servant, criticized Abbott for ignoring expert advice and for not acting quickly enough to implement the restrictions to help contain the epidemics.
“The doctors told us at the time, and said to anyone who wanted to listen, it would be a disaster. And it was, “said Jenkins.
VIRGINIA: Residents bask in the sun and lie on the sand of Chincoteague Beach on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic
VIRGINIA: Bathers take advantage of the sun in Chicoteague despite the ongoing pandemic that is still ravaging the country
The state’s slippery infection rate has reached nearly 12 percent, a level unmatched since the state was in a massive lockout in mid-April.
Abbott quickly took an emergency tone this week, urging people to stay at home while warning that a “massive epidemic” is sweeping Texas.
He also urged Texans to wear masks in public, but has not issued statewide masking orders.
Florida, another state that reopened its economy relatively quickly, also ordered bar owners to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises Friday after the daily number of new confirmed cases approached 9,000, almost doubling the record set two days earlier.
In total, Florida currently has 132,545 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 3,390 deaths from coronaviruses.
Governor Ron DeSantis lifted restrictions slower than a recommended task force, but allowed theme parks to reopen, encouraged professional sports to come to Florida and lobbied for GOP convention to be held in the Sunshine State.
He joined other Republicans who said the increase was due to increased testing.
However, the Miami Herald reports that until June 3, new cases have been on an upward trend since mid-May, and the influx could not be attributed solely to increased testing.
DeSantis has also attributed new cases to “predominantly Hispanic workers”, due to migrant workers forced to live and work in cramped conditions. Farm workers’ associations retaliated against the governor, saying he had repeatedly ignored their calls to help vulnerable populations.
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Gimenez tweeted that he had consulted with county health officials before deciding to sign the emergency order and said he could extend beach closings if people don’t wear masks at the inside companies and when they are unable to practice a social distance of six feet
TEXAS: Gov Abbott blamed the increase in the number of cases on “Texans gathered in bars”. Pictured: Matthew Gaskamp, general manager of The Lodge, sets up his bar on East 6th Street in Austin on Friday
On Friday, the governor resisted calls to impose statewide masks.
“We are where we are,” said DeSantis, adding that most of the new cases involved younger, healthier people who socialized more.
He said people can avoid spreading the virus by wearing masks, as well as avoiding large crowds and being away from many other people inside.
The mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos Gimenez, took action in his hands as he announced his intention to issue an emergency order closing the county beaches over the weekend of July 4.
Governor Greg Abbott donated bars to Texas until noon Friday to close. Texas had been at the forefront of states that lifted restrictions to control the deadly pandemic and revive their economies. Governor Abbott authorized the reopening of bars in May when partygoers flouting social distancing rules celebrated Memorial Day weekend
Gimenez warned that he could extend the shutdown if “conditions do not improve and people do not follow the new normal rules requiring masks to always be worn inside and outside commercial establishments when a social distance of at least 6 feet is not possible ”, in a press release on the order.
The mayor said he saw businesses and people ignore safety precautions against infection.
“If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others for this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives,” said Gimenez.
His order, he said, will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and will also ban gatherings, including parades, of more than 50 people in Miami-Dade “for some reason, July 3-7” .
He explained that “in these situations”, masks and social distancing are necessary and five groups of 10 people maximum will be allowed.
His order will also have an impact on the fireworks on July 4.
“All parks and beaches will be closed to the public in all cities and unincorporated areas of the county to allow the public to view the fireworks. Fireworks should be seen from the house or the parked vehicle, “he said.
Health experts have said that a worrying number of cases are seen in young people who go out again, often without wearing masks or observing other rules of social distancing.
A number of the hardest-hit states, including Arizona and Arkansas, have Republican governors who have resisted the demands of the mask and largely echoed President Donald Trump’s desire to quickly reopen the economy in amid warnings that the virus might come back in force.
FLORIDA: The Florida Commercial and Professional Regulation Department told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises on Friday. In the photo, Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach where several people tested positive for the virus after going to the bar
TEXAS: Party people crowded this Tango Foxtrot Whiskey Bar in Austin, Texas last month after Gov Abbott initially lifted restrictions
White House Coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence held their first briefing in almost two months, and Pence said the United States was “in a much better place” than two months ago.
The number of new confirmed infections, provided by Johns Hopkins University, overshadowed the previous high of 36,400, set on April 24, during one of the deadliest stretches.
New cases reported daily have increased on average by about 60% in the past two weeks, according to analysis by the Associated Press.
At the task force briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, urged people to take responsibility for others: “Risk is not for you only isolated for you.
In the United States, deaths from coronavirus are around 600 a day, compared to a peak of around 2200 in mid-April.
Some experts have expressed doubts about the return of deaths at this level, due to advances in treatment and prevention and because young adults are more likely than older people to survive.
In a reversal of fortune, New York said it was offering equipment and other aid to Arizona, Texas and Florida, noting that other states had come to its aid while it was in plagued by the country’s deadliest epidemic this spring.
“We will never forget this grace, and we will repay it in any way we can,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
As part of the latest rollbacks in Texas, bars must close at noon Friday and restaurant dining rooms must return to half their capacity from Monday. The photo above shows two crowded bars in Austin, Texas last month
Death toll in the United States is now over 125,000, the highest in the world, with a total of 2.48 million confirmed cases
Fauci pleads with young people who feel “invulnerable” to the coronavirus to think about who they could harm if they caught it in restaurant bars
On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned young Americans about the role they could play in the spread of the coronavirus, even if they consider themselves unlikely to suffer the worst effects of the disease.
“If you are infected, you are innocently or inadvertently involved in the spread of the dynamic processes of a pandemic,” he said.
Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, wanted to address remarks to young people during the first briefing of the coronavirus working group in two months.
There has been a sharp drop in the age of those infected, and several officials warned on Friday of fears that young people will spread the virus in the midst of states that are opening up and loosening social distance.
“When you have an infectious disease epidemic, it’s a dynamic process that is global,” said Fauci.
“I just want to bring this out without making it look like someone is at fault, you have an individual responsibility to yourself – but you have a responsibility to society, because if we are to end this epidemic, really there end it and hopefully when a vaccine comes in and puts the nail in the coffin – we realized that we are part of the process.
“When you are infected, you will infect someone else who will clearly infect someone else,” he said.
Fauci said the most difficult thing about COVID-19 is the high percentage of people who do not have symptoms but continue to spread the virus.
This means that young people who go to restaurants or bars when the states reopen could spread the virus without even knowing it.
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey, also a Republican, also told residents to stay home and said on Thursday that the state was “on hiatus” as hospitals accelerated to capacity.
The number of infections in Arizona increased again on Thursday with just over 3,000 new cases reported. In Arizona, 23% of tests done in the past seven days have been positive, almost triple the national average.
There are currently 4,400 people hospitalized in the state with a coronavirus and 1,400 of them are in intensive care beds. A record 415 patients are on ventilators in the state.
Arizona is approaching hospital bed capacity with 88% of ICU beds occupied on Thursday.
In Arizona, Ducey had resisted pressure to close restaurants when the virus first spread in March, saying the state was not experiencing explosive growth like New York and needed no action so aggressively. Democratic mayors of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and elsewhere have imposed their own restrictions.
The governor responded with an executive decree closing restaurants in counties with known coronavirus infections, but also defining certain businesses that cities could not restrict, including golf courses.
Last week, under extreme pressure to escalate COVID-19 cases, Ducey gave local leaders the power to demand masks, while avoiding making them a state-wide mandate .
The numbers “keep going in the wrong direction,” said Ducey on Thursday.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has warned of another potential foreclosure due to soaring cases in his state. He said he would only shut down again if the health system became seriously strained.
In California, 5,349 new cases were reported Thursday – up from a record 7,100 new cases a day earlier. Hospitalizations have also reached record levels across the state with approximately 1,500 suspected or confirmed patients requiring intensive care.
Although Newsom stated that part of the increase was due to testing, much of the result is that people did not engage in safe practices when they reunited with friends and family, or visited recently reopened businesses.
Los Angeles County now has the most cases of all US counties with more than 85,000 confirmed infections. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents this week to stay home and wear masks when in public.
As an alarming resurgence of coronaviruses sets records for confirmed cases and hospitalizations in the south and west, governors are retreating to measures they once resisted and taking on a more urgent tone.
“I think they’re going to have to do it,” said Dr. Mark McClellan, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration. “Most people in a community must not get sick to overwhelm health systems.”
Les critiques affirment que les actions sont trop petites, ou pire, peut-être trop tard alors que les patients remplissent les lits de soins intensifs et que les États-Unis se rapprochent en atteignant des sommets de tous les temps pour les cas confirmés quotidiennement.
Alors que les infections nouvellement confirmées diminuent régulièrement dans les premiers points chauds comme New York et le New Jersey, plusieurs autres États ont établi des records d’une journée cette semaine, notamment en Arizona, en Californie, au Mississippi, au Nevada, au Texas et en Oklahoma. Certains d’entre eux ont également battu des records d’hospitalisation, tout comme la Caroline du Nord et la Caroline du Sud.
CAS ARIZONA: Le nombre d’infections en Arizona a de nouveau augmenté jeudi avec un peu plus de 3000 nouveaux cas signalés
DÉCÈS ARIZONA: l’Arizona a enregistré 27 nouveaux décès jeudi, contre 67 décès le 8 mai
HÔPITAUX ARIZONA: Il y a actuellement 4400 personnes hospitalisées dans l’État avec un coronavirus et 1400 d’entre elles sont dans des lits de soins intensifs
ARIZONA ICU CAPACITY: Arizona s’approche de la capacité en lits d’hôpitaux avec 88% des lits en soins intensifs occupés depuis jeudi
CALIFORNIE: En Californie, 5 349 nouveaux cas ont été signalés jeudi – contre un record de 7 100 nouveaux cas un jour plus tôt. Les hospitalisations ont également atteint des niveaux record dans tout l’État avec environ 1 500 patients suspectés ou confirmés nécessitant des soins intensifs