AIn view of the rapid increase in new coronavirus infections in southern America, one of the country’s leading health experts has warned of an escalation of the pandemic. If the increase in the affected states could not be controlled, up to 100,000 new infections per day would soon be conceivable nationwide, the immunologist Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday at a hearing in the Senate. Several states hit the brakes on developments in easing virus containment measures.
In America, the number of new infections is currently around 40,000 per day – more than on most days of the high phase of the pandemic in April. In the meantime, more is being tested, but many cities are registering more hospital admissions. A total of almost 2.6 million infections and 126,000 deaths were recorded.
“I am very concerned,” said Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We are moving in the wrong direction.” The pandemic can currently only be contained if people in public consistently wear masks and pay attention to their safety distance. If people didn’t stick to it, “we’ll continue to have big problems,” Fauci warned.
Even the fireworks on National Day canceled
In Texas, Florida, California and Arizon, local governments are trying to counter development, pausing or reversing phasing out of corona requirements. Arizona’s governor Douglas Ducey initially limited the number of participants in events to 50 until the end of July – and only one week after the appearance of US President Donald Trump with numerous spectators. “We expect our numbers to deteriorate,” the governor said, according to the American media. There are around 75,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in the state, which has a population of over seven million.
In Southern California, the beaches will remain closed on the upcoming holiday weekend in the Los Angeles district. Bicycle paths, parking lots and piers are also not accessible from Friday to Monday, the district said on Monday evening. The traditional fireworks for the national holiday (July 4th) were also canceled. Governor Gavin Newsom had ordered parts of the state to shut down bars for the second time on Sunday. The decree applies to seven districts, including the metropolis of Los Angeles. California had adopted corona restrictions as a precaution very early on, but was slowly loosening them recently. Newsom had ordered a mask requirement for the west coast state with almost 40 million inhabitants in mid-June.
An appeal to the citizens
Even in parts of Florida, the beaches should remain closed. In the city of Jacksonville, where President Trump is to be chosen as the Republican presidential candidate in August as part of the party convention, masks are now to be worn in public buildings where distance requirements cannot be met. Trump’s Republicans had partially moved their party convention to Florida because of too strict corona requirements in North Carolina.
The state of Nevada postponed the next stage of its easing from Monday to late July. Governor Steve Sisolak appealed to citizens to continue wearing a mask in public and to adhere to the recommended safety distance. The state of New Jersey postponed Thursday’s permission for restaurants to host guests again in closed rooms. A bar closure was recently ordered in Texas.
By contrast, there were completely different signals from the state of South Dakota. There will be celebrations for the national holiday on Friday at the famous monument of Mount Rushmore in the presence of Trump. Governor Kristi Noem called on people to come. “We told people who were concerned that they could stay at home,” said the Republican to Fox News. Facial masks, which could optionally be worn, are to be issued to the participants. “But we won’t maintain social distance,” said Noem. People should come to celebrate, to “enjoy the freedoms we have in this country”.