Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards announced on Saturday that masks would be required for anyone over the age of 8 who was within six feet of a family member, and that the bars would be closed. This decision follows previous masking warrants in Texas and Mississippi.
On Saturday, the United States of the solar belt continued to post an increase in coronavirus infections and deaths. Texas reported a record increase of 10,351 new cases in the past 24 hours, while the number of deaths has increased by 99, six less than Thursday’s record increase. The state has more people hospitalized with Covid-19 than any other in the United States; the total rose to 10,083 on Saturday.
Florida has reported more than 10,300 new cases. South Carolina has recorded a record number of new infections – more than 2,220 – as has North Carolina, which has recorded more than 2,400 new cases of virus.
At a press conference to announce the Louisiana measures, Baton Rouge infectious disease specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal said the state had experienced a “massive increase” in the number of hospitalizations during of the last 10 days.
“Now we are overwhelmed. Our hospitals are full, ”she told reporters.
Despite the spike in cases, some US companies continued to move forward with plans to reopen. In Florida, which was among the US states most affected by the resurgence of the Covid-19 cases, Disney World reopened Saturday the doors of its theme park Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, like Sea World Orlando.
There are now more than 12.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 560,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. 134,430 of these deaths occurred in the United States and 70,398 in Brazil, the second most affected country.
The United States reported nearly 67,000 new cases on Friday – the second time the number exceeded 60,000 in the country. Elected officials from both sides have warned that they should take further steps to stem the epidemic.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who issued a statewide mask, warned in a series of television interviews on Friday that the state may need to take even tougher measures. shortage of hospital beds.
“If we do not all come together and unite in this one cause for a short time, namely the adoption of a mask, this will lead to the need to close Texas,” he told a local Texas TV station. . “The only way for these companies to stay open is to make sure people are wearing masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
In Georgia, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, announced Friday that the city will cancel plans to reopen amid a new spike in cases. This drew criticism from the Republican governor of the state, who was one of the first to reopen his state this spring. Georgia reported nearly 4,500 on Friday.
The new wave of cases has presented an enigma for the Trump administration, which is trying to convince states to reopen schools after the summer vacation while relaunching the president’s faltering re-election campaign.
After demanding this week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention soften their guidelines to ensure schools reopened in the fall, Mr. Trump traveled to Florida on Friday to discuss efforts to combat drug trafficking and attend a fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale for its re-election campaign.
The president was to travel to New Hampshire on Saturday to make the front page of an election rally. But the campaign canceled the event, citing the imminent arrival of tropical storm Fay.
The New Hampshire event would have been only the second campaign rally for Mr. Trump since the pandemic started this spring. Its first, in Tulsa Oklahoma, failed to attract the large crowd expected by the campaign.