Across the United States, more than a dozen states are currently recording their highest number of new COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, but Donald Trump and many local officials reject any alarmism and rule out further containment.
The American epidemic has moved from New York and the northeast to a broad band covering the south and the west, and the eyes are now turned on hospitals in Arizona, Texas or Florida, State where the president has just moved the celebration in August of his expected nomination as a candidate for the Republican Party. This high mass was to be held in North Carolina, but the new coronavirus still circulating there actively, local authorities had demanded a reduced size and the wearing of the mask, conditions unacceptable for Donald Trump.
Some jurisdictions have taken a break from deconfinement: the city of Nashville, or the state of Oregon on the Pacific coast. Her governor has announced a week-long pause in the reopening process that started a month ago after a resurgence of the virus in both urban and rural areas.
The map of the United States is today largely colored in red on the site Covidexitstrategy.org : the majority of American states do not meet the reopening criteria defined by the White House, and have more and more new cases declared every day, declining hospital capacities and insufficient screening tests.
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While the country has registered 100,000 official COVID-19 deaths on May 28, it will likely have 130,000 by the national holiday of July 4, according to an average of multiple epidemiological models. And Youyang Gu, an independent modeller whose forecasts have turned out to be very accurate, predicts 200,000 deaths by 1er October.
“The pandemic is not over,” said the director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Robert Redfield, by issuing instructions (optional) to Americans wishing to resume their activities safely, at the first row of which: distance of two meters and wearing of the mask in public.
Mr. Trump’s government admits the appearance of a few homes. But there is no question of closing the economy in the event of a second wave, insist officials of his government.
In fact, economic advisor Larry Kudlow told Fox News on Friday, “There is no emergency. There is no second wave. “
The development of screening tests obviously contributes to the increase in the number of cases reported daily: many are mild or asymptomatic.
In Florida, where Donald Trump has a private residence, the governor speaks of a “modest” increase and explains that hospitalizations are stable, far from the peaks observed in New York.
In Arizona, the number of cases has jumped and 78% of intensive care beds are occupied, a record. The big city of Phoenix has become a hot spot.
“We have reopened too much too quickly, our hospitals are really struggling,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego at a conference for the Center for American Progress.
This is also the case in Texas, where the number of hospital patients is slowly but surely increasing since the long weekend of Memorial Day in late May, which traditionally marks the start of summer and has seen a beach rush. Fortunately, the death toll in the state has not jumped, but it shows that the epidemic is actually progressing.
Despite the resurgence, the authorities seem to consider that their citizens will no longer support new restrictive measures, although the containment has been widely supported by the population according to a survey carried out by the CDC in early May and published on Friday.
In South Carolina, the governor said he was ruling out making it mandatory to wear a mask and closing businesses.
“The answer at this point is individual responsibility,” said Henry McMaster.
Meanwhile in Spain
In addition, deconfinement continues elsewhere in the world. In Spain in particular, a country which was very affected with more than 27,000 dead, Galicia will be the first of the regions to complete its deconfinement on Monday, a week before the rest of the country, the government announced on Friday.
All restrictions will therefore be lifted in this northwestern region of the country, which no longer has a coronavirus patient in intensive care and has had no COVID-19-related deaths in the past seven days, according to the latest report. assessment of the Ministry of Health.
It will go into what the government has dubbed the “new normal,” where the wearing of the mask will remain mandatory until treatment for the coronavirus or a vaccine is found.