Should part of the United States be reconfigured? Elected officials were alarmed on Sunday by the outbreak of coronavirus cases in their cities in the South and West of the United States, downplayed by President Donald Trump.
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America, which has recorded a record number of infections for more than a week, celebrated its national holiday this weekend, renowned for its family reunions, barbecues, and fireworks, despite the pandemic.
On the New York beach of Coney Island reopened for swimming since Wednesday, there are few holidaymakers to sunbathe masked. Mark Ruiz, who came to picnic with his wife and two children, said he was “clearly worried”, but did not imagine staying at home for the July 4 festivities.
“I need to take my children out,” said the 37-year-old AFP. We can’t stay in a bubble all summer. ”
In an attempt to control the spread of the virus, which the authorities admit to not fully control, some States have put their containment on hold, or even back-pedaled in this regard.
This weekend, the beaches of Los Angeles were closed again and Miami under curfew. In question, a deconfinement considered too premature, especially in the South and West of the country.
“We were among the last to confine themselves and the first to be confused,” regretted with ABC Kate Gallego, mayor of the capital of Arizona, Phoenix.
The number of patients admitted to intensive care in the Southwest State reached levels never reached since the start of the crisis this weekend, with almost 90% of beds occupied.
This dramatic increase is regularly downplayed by Donald Trump, who assured Saturday that the United States was “on the verge” of emerging from this health crisis. Speaking from the White House gardens for National Day celebrations, he said “99%” of coronavirus infections were “completely harmless.”
Not hiding his exasperation, the Democratic mayor of the Texas city of Austin described the president’s tone as “dangerous” for the inhabitants of his city, whose resuscitation services are likely to be overwhelmed “within ten days” .
“When they start to hear ambiguous messages leaving Washington, more and more of them do not wear masks, stop social distancing,” he regretted on CNN.
The opponent of the Republican President in the November election, Joe Biden, denounced the words of the tenant of the White House: “Donald Trump wants to declare the end of this health and employment crisis so that he can return to his campaign meetings. But he is wrong on both fronts. “
While refusing to contradict the president’s remarks, the head of the American Medicines Agency (FDA), Stephen Hahn, urged all Americans on Sunday to “take this situation seriously”. The pandemic has killed nearly 130,000 people in the United States and the United States now shelters a quarter of the cases of coronavirus registered in the world.
“What we need now is to do what works, containment,” said Lina Hidalgo, senior county official including the city of Houston, home of the epidemic in Texas, on Sunday.
Local authorities have so far been reluctant to invite residents to reconfigure themselves because of the weight of this measure on the American economy, already under pressure since February.
But despite an increase in hospitalizations, “the restaurants are still open. Indoor events can always take place, whatever their size, “she lamented. “This is what I am facing.”