div itemprop=”articleBody” data-test-id=”article-review-body”> The American secretary of health, Alex Azar, warned that “the window is closed” on the chances of the country to take measures to fight effectively against the coronavirus, the number of confirmed cases exceeding 2.5 million.The Secretary of Health and Social Services pointed to a recent outbreak of infections, particularly in the south and said that people should “act responsibly” by taking social distances and wearing masks, in particular ” in these hot areas. ”
On Saturday, for the third consecutive day, the number of confirmed cases in the United States increased by more than 40,000. In Arizona, cases have increased 267% so far in June and jumped from a record of 3 857 cases Sunday, the eighth record increase this month. Overall, deaths in the United States from Covid-19 have exceeded 125,000, with more than 2.5 million confirmed cases, according to information compiled by Johns Hopkins University, far more than any other country in the world.
The new wave of Covid-19 cases has been most pronounced in a handful of southern and western states that have reopened earlier and more aggressively, with the support of the Trump administration, despite warnings from Health officials wait to see a steady drop in the number of cases. Texas and Florida were among the states that reversed parts of their reopening plans last week as cases continue to increase.
Presenter in NBC’s Meet the Press program on Sunday morning, presenter Chuck Todd asked Azar why the United States is not tackling the Covid-19 crisis, especially when so many other countries seem to be succeeding.
Azar acknowledged that the United States “is seeing an increase in cases” and that the majority of them are people under the age of 35, which means that “a large number of them” would be asymptomatic, which which represents a different challenge for the authorities trying to take control. on outbreaks.
“This is a very serious situation,” said Azar, adding that “the window was closing” to stop the spread of the virus. “We must act and individuals must act responsibly. We have to take social distance, we have to wear our face covers. ”
Azar argued that the United States is in a better position than it was two months ago to fight the virus because it is doing more testing and has therapies to treat Covid-19. But he acknowledged that hospitalizations and deaths could increase in the coming weeks, as this is a lagging indicator.
The Trump administration has long been criticized for its response to the coronavirus crisis, and the president has often disagreed with public health officials on the best course of action to stem the spread.
New York State, which was the center of the epidemic in the United States until April and May, and adopted strict measures of maintenance at home, announced on Sunday its lowest number of deaths on Covid -19.
Five people died of the coronavirus in the state on Saturday, according to toll governor Andrew Cuomo, “the lowest number we have had from the start.” At the height of the pandemic in April, nearly 800 people died from the coronavirus every day.
“We are exactly the opposite,” states like Texas, Florida and Arizona Cuomo said in an interview with NBC Meet the Press. The governor warned, however, that the numbers could rise further if New Yorkers lowered their guard and did not meet the requirements for social distancing and wearing a mask.
“I am now afraid of the spread from other states because we are one country and people are traveling,” said Cuomo. “I’m afraid the infection rate in other states will come back to New York and increase that rate again. ”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday it was “long overdue” for the masks to be mandated across the country, but that Donald Trump’s opposition had played a role in blocking such a step .
“And if I understand correctly, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the use of masks, but not to require – they demanded it because they don’t want to offend the president,” she said. stated on ABC’s This Week.
“And the president should be an example. You know, real men wear masks. Be an example to the country and wear the mask … it’s not about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting others and their families. ”
Azar said Trump did not have to follow the guidelines of his own administration because as president he tested regularly and was in “very different circumstances from ours.”
Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee told CBS that Trump should spend more time tweeting about wearing masks instead of defending monuments to Confederate Generals. “We need a president who will care more about living Americans and less about dead Confederates,” he said.