Only two US states report a drop in new coronavirus cases compared to last week: Connecticut and Rhode Island.
An increase has been reported in 36 staggering states, including Florida, which some experts say may be the next epicenter of infection. Officials there and across the United States are also warning of an increase in cases among young people.
Florida reported 9,585 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a record on a single day since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of the New York summit in early April (the new New York case count on Saturday was about 6% of that in Florida). The Florida Department of Health reported 8,530 new cases on Sunday.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the outbreak in the last week was the result of a “test dump”“, echoing a White House assertion that an increase in testing translates into higher numbers.
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argued that the increase was real, not an anomaly linked to the number of tests, and warned that the spread and deaths would be more common in the country.
“As a doctor, scientist, epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in most states where you see an increase, it’s a real increase. It’s not more testing; it’s more spread of the virus, “CDC director Tom Frieden told Fox News on Sunday.
In the South, the numbers are increasing following early reopenings, he said, and that “will continue to get worse for weeks.” Deaths are not yet on the rise as deaths are one month behind infections, he said, estimating that the nation will see at least 15,000 more deaths in the next month.
“This virus still has the upper hand,” Frieden told Fox News.
REGISTRATION NUMBERS MAY UNDERESTIMATE CASES
All of this happened while the United States was breaking a new record, report the highest number of new cases in a single day Friday with at least 40,173 new infections.
The discouraging numbers could be “the tip of the iceberg,” said Frieden. A CDC survey suggests that the total number of coronavirus infections in the United States may actually be six to 24 times higher than reported.
As cases increase, American travelers are “unlikely” to be allowed to enter the European Union as the bloc begins to open up to international travel, several European diplomats told CNN.
Officials in parts of the United States are now trying to curb the spread of the virus – which many experts believe is out of control – by calling on the country’s young population to keep their distance, urging the use of face masks and interrupt their plans to reopen.
The United States has reached more than 2.5 million infections and at least 125,539 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
OERE NEW CASES ARE ON THE RISE
The 36 states reporting an increase in the number of cases are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Cases continue in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire in New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.
New York recorded its lowest death toll – five – since March 15, and hospitalizations were less than 900.
About 1% of tests done in the state on Saturday were positive, resulting in 616 new cases in 43 counties, according to a press release from the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
STATES HAVE REOPENED BREAK
At least 12 states have halted or canceled their plans to reopen in hopes of stopping the spread of the virus.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Saturday that he was pressing the pause button on the state’s reopening plan due to the increase in cases. Some counties were preparing to enter the fourth phase of reopening, “which would mean essentially no restrictions,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity, and we cannot do it now,” said the statement. “This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also announced last week that he would suspend all other phases reopen the state.
“I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly and distancing themselves from others. The more we follow all these guidelines, the safer and more secure our state will be. the more we can open Texas to business. “
A day later, Abbott also says he closed bars and limited the capacity of restaurants.
The Arizona governor also announced that the state reopening is on hold due to a large spike in cases.
“We expect our numbers to be worse next week and the week after,” Governor Doug Ducey said.
PLEASURE FOR YOUNG GROUPS
In recent days, officials across the United States have reported an increase in cases among younger groups. In Mississippi, authorities pointed out fraternity parties as one of the engines of the state affair.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said last week that there has been an increase in younger groups positive test for the virus.
“There is a feeling that a lot of young people, well you are young, so you feel a little more invincible but, respectfully, this can often be a selfish state of mind,” said Newsom.
In Florida, Governor DeSantis said that while the median age of people infected with the virus in March was in the 1960s, in the past two to three weeks, it was left to people in their thirties.
The governor urged younger groups to be vigilant, saying that while they are not at risk for serious complications, they can spread the virus to someone who is. Community transmission of the state, he said, “is carried out by this group of 18 to 35 year olds”.
“You have a responsibility to be careful if you come into contact with someone who is more vulnerable,” he said. said. “We insisted on avoiding the three Cs which are: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with lots of people nearby and close contact settings, such as short distance conversations.”
In addition to potentially spreading the virus to the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, family doctor Dr. Jen Caudle said that young people face their own risks and that it is important that they do not don’t think of it as “a walk in the park”. She said young patients have had strokes and others who have suffered from shortness of breath, fatigue, or loss of smell and taste long after their recovery.
“Just because young people tend to do better doesn’t mean they always do,” she said. “It is really important that we wear our masks, that we distance ourselves socially. Especially in places where COVID increases, it is honestly better to stay at home.”