Nationally, new infections have exceeded 40,000 in four of the past five days during an accelerating outbreak that exceeds the worst days in April.
The number of people hospitalized with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is increasing in seven states, according to data from the Washington Post. In Texas, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia and California, the seven-day averages have risen by at least 25% since last week.
“I am not satisfied with what is happening because we are going in the wrong direction,”
Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said he was not surprised to see more than double the number of new infections, from over 40,000 a day to 100,000 a day. “We really have to do something about it, and we have to do it quickly,” Fauci said questioning Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “Clearly, we don’t have total control at the moment.”
Fauci said half of all new cases are registered in just four states. Three of them – Arizona, Texas and Florida – are led by Republican governors who have moved quickly, after being urged by President Trump, to reopen their economies but have since started closing bars and beaches.
In Florida, where cases have increased, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who last week ordered people in the city to wear masks in public in a spike of cases, said state-level politics should be a “game.” as kids. ” The mayor of Miami Beach has also issued a penalty rule requires residents of that city wear masks.
In the fourth state with a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, California governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, took a more cautious approach, imposing the country’s first nationwide residence order on March 19.
But now about 3 out of 4 Californians live in counties that have been ordered to reverse their economic reopening, which have been recommended to do so or face further state regulation unless the infections have gone extinct.
As states stopped at the reopening, former vice president Joe Biden made a violent speech in Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he accused Trump of failing to keep the virus in check. Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, noted that Trump claimed at the beginning of the epidemic that he was a “wartime president”.
“It appears that our wartime president surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” said Biden, who, unlike Trump, often wears a mask.
Biden did not wear one during his speech, holding it in his left hand for much of the address. “It wasn’t meant to be,” Biden said. “Month after month, while other leaders and other countries took the necessary steps to keep the virus in check, Donald Trump disappointed us.”
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell told the House Financial Services Committee that the economy could show signs of progress. But he said that “although this rebound in economic activity is welcome, it also presents new challenges, particularly the need to keep the virus in check.”
He said the path ahead for the US economy remains “extraordinarily uncertain” and that recovery will largely depend on curbing the pandemic and reassuring Americans that it is safe to resume their previous lives.
Over 10.4 million cases of coronavirus have been detected worldwide, with approximately 2.6 million infections reported in the United States. Almost 125,000 people died of covid-19 in the United States and the global death toll is around 510,000.
The United States is leading the world in officially confirmed infections and deaths, as it continues to see surges in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in many states.
Of all the states that reversed course, rollbacks to Arizona were perhaps the most notable, given the state’s battlefield status in the November presidential election and its role as one of the first states to lift many restrictions in May .
The Republican governor of Arizona reversed the course on Monday and ordered the closure of bars, gyms, night clubs, cinemas and water parks for at least 30 days, banned meetings from over 50 people and told school districts to give up resume lessons.
Just over a month after the expiry of the house orders, Governor Doug Ducey warned residents on Monday that “we cannot delude ourselves that this virus will go away on its own.”
Arizona peaked for hospitalizations on Tuesday, at 2,793, and its seven-day moving average rose 35 percent.
Public health experts said that although Ducey’s moves made sense, as the state is getting closer to the ICU beds, some said they wished he had gone further and instituted a mandate to wear masks across the state.
“These are effective things to do; they will take some time to show an impact, “said Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Ducey had opted for an all-in approach to reopening which allowed for patronage of an indoor restaurant and bar on May 15th, rather than choosing a gradual approach like other states. He also supported a Trump rally in a megachurch in Phoenix on June 23, when the president spoke with hundreds of supporters who did not wear masks or practice social removal.
Vice President Pence plans to visit Arizona on Wednesday to meet Ducey and state health officials. He canceled the political events planned with supporters of Arizona and Florida because of the wave of cases.
Delaware Governor John Carney, a Democrat, said Tuesday that state beach bars will close on July 3 ahead of the bank holiday weekend, and will remain so indefinitely after a wave of cases in some of those beach towns. In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis (D) closed bars and nightclubs again as cases in the state peak, the Denver Post reported.
Other states that have restored restrictions or put on hold to reopen plans include Texas, Georgia and New Jersey. Cities across the country are also tightening their restrictions: on Tuesday, Philadelphia discontinued its plans to allow internal catering and the reopening of bars and gyms as coronavirus cases increased.
On Monday, Oregon governor Kate Brown (D) said that people in the state must wear face coatings in the internal public areas, which he had previously been in charge of in eight counties. The statewide order will take effect on Wednesday. And Kansas governor Laura Kelly (D) said her mask order will go into effect on Friday for people in “public spaces.”
Oregon’s confirmed cases have grown almost every day since May 30 and include a record 278 cases on June 16.
Meanwhile, Kansas has reported 905 weekend cases and six deaths. Altogether, 271 have died there since March.
“The evidence could not be clearer: wearing a mask is not only safe, but another arrest must be avoided,” said Kelly, who cited a “significant increase” in clusters where the masks were not worn.
Texas has set a one-day record for new cases with 6,975, public health officials said.
Los Angeles County announced it would close the beaches over the weekend of July 4th and ban the celebrations, but it also put a “hard break” on the reopening of activities such as amusement parks and cinemas, said Mayor Eric Garcetti. (D) Monday, after the bars were packed on the weekend. The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Los Angeles County exceeded 100,000 on Monday, and public health experts warn that local hospitals could face a shortage of beds within two to three weeks.
New infections spread after Memorial Day from long-postponed barbecues and bars, which were reopened in most counties less than two weeks ago. The number of infections has reached 223,000 in the state, with about half concentrated in Los Angeles county.
Garcetti had imposed a residence order in Los Angeles hours before Newsom extended it across the state. The pace, hard for the local economy, seemed to slow the virus before it assumed the proportions that New York City had to face at the time.
This has changed abruptly. The mayor began gradually easing restrictions in May and lifted the order for bars and restaurants on June 19, despite signs that the number of new infections has started to increase.
Los Angeles County health officials say 500,000 Angelenos filled bars and restaurants the next day, raising expectations that residents would cautiously accept the reopening.
San Diego County, one of the most populous in the state, will close its bars on Wednesday despite not being on either list. The county announced its one-day record – 498 – Monday, and health officials say the trend is getting worse.
Among the biggest fears is the increase in the hospitalization rate in Los Angeles and other counties.
Hospital capacity had been expanded months ago with makeshift medical centers in sports arenas and, in Los Angeles, off the USNS Mercy. With the virus apparently contained, the ship of the naval hospital left in May.
County public health officer Barbara Ferrer said this week that county hospitalizations have increased by 27% in the past two weeks. He said the virus could become “a runaway train unless we brake.”
Surgery in coronavirus cases could put a brake on the July 4th holiday as the level of concern about the pandemic among Americans is again on the rise, according to the Axios-Ipsos poll.
A poll released on Tuesday found that more than three quarters of Americans are worried that their community will reopen too early, the highest level reached in the Axios-Ipsos poll.
Meanwhile, nearly 4 in 5 Americans say they consider it a high or moderate risk to participate in the celebrations.
Wilson reported from Santa Barbara, California; Gowen reported about Lawrence, Kan. Felicia Sonmez, Amy Goldstein, Michael Birnbaum, Annie Linskey, Rachel Siegel, Jeff Stein and John Wagner contributed to this relationship.