This new push is big enough to change the baseline statistics for the whole country. In terms of new confirmed cases, three of 10 The worst days of the American pandemic have occurred since Friday, according to data collected by the COVID Tracking Project on Atlantic. The seven-day average of new cases has now reached levels seen 11 weeks ago, during New York’s worst epidemic. The United States has recorded more cases in the past week than in a week since the start of the pandemic.
Since June 15, most of these new cases have occurred in the South. The ongoing epidemic is the second most serious regional epidemic the United States has experienced so far. Only the spring calamity that hit the Northeast – which was one of the worst coronavirus epidemics in the world, if not the worse – goes beyond what is currently going through the solar belt.
Worrisome, sparks from the solar belt epidemic may land in other parts of the country and trigger new outbreaks of infection. Since June 15, Ohio and Missouri have seen their average daily number of cases increase by hundreds. Virginia, which battled the virus in May but so far escaped this month’s outbreak, has also seen cases increase in recent days.
The national push is mainly due to potentially disastrous situations in Arizona, South Carolina, Texas, Florida and Georgia. Many of the virus statistics in these states now look like straight lines pointing up. In Arizona, where President Donald Trump organized a large indoor demonstration this week, the situation is particularly grim. In the past month, the number of confirmed cases has almost quadrupled; the number of people hospitalized has more than doubled. The state reported more than 3,500 new cases in one day on Tuesday. This equates to 494 new cases per 1 million people, a figure that rivals New York State figures in March and April.
Without the terrifying effervescence of Arizona, peaks in other states would be recorded as major events. Texas exploded: on June 1, it reported approximately 600 new cases of COVID-19; yesterday he reported more than 5,000. His hospitalizations more than doubled over the same period. Florida, on the other hand, reported an average of 3,756 new cases of COVID-19 per day in the past week, a fourfold increase from the number of months ago. And in South Carolina, new cases have increased sevenfold since mid-May. The State of Palmetto now registers nearly 950 new cases of COVID-19 every day, or around 184 new cases per day for 1 million people.
Across the country, 10 states have set new records for the number of cases in the past three days.
Why do these spikes occur? The answer is not completely clear, but what unites some of the most troublesome states is the all-or-nothing approach they have taken to quell the pandemic. The Texas home order, for example, was lifted on April 30. A day later, the state authorized almost all of its businesses and public spaces – shops, malls, churches, restaurants, and cinemas – to open with a limited number of capacity. Since then, it has further relaxed these restrictions. Arizona authorized the reopening of certain stores and businesses in early May; he lifted his stay at home order on May 15 and allowed bars, gymnasiums, churches, shopping malls and cinemas to reopen at around the same time. And while the state has imposed some form of capacity restrictions, these rules have been routinely broken: for weeks, photos and videos showed scenes of crowded bars and nightclubs in Arizona.