More US states step again from reopening as COVID-19 circumstances surge

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the US is now 'seeing the consequences of community spread' of COVID-19 [Kevin Dietsch /Pool via Reuters]

More US states and companies on Monday rolled again plans to reopen their economies, citing surges in coronavirus circumstances and hospitalisations, as the federal government’s high infectious illness specialist blamed the spikes on Americans ignoring public well being pointers.

The rises in confirmed circumstances and hospitalisations have been most pronounced in Sun Belt states reminiscent of Florida, Texas and Arizona that defied recommendation from well being consultants to attend longer earlier than easing restrictions.

“That’s a recipe for catastrophe,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advised CNN in an interview broadcast on Monday.

“Now, we’re seeing the implications of neighborhood unfold, which is much more tough to comprise than unfold in a well known bodily location like a jail or nursing residence or meatpacking place,” Fauci mentioned within the interview, which was recorded on Friday.

The New York Times reported on Monday that 43 % of US deaths from COVID-19 had been linked to nursing houses and long-term care amenities. The paper cited its personal monitoring database.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy mentioned on Monday that indoor eating will now not resume on Thursday within the state as deliberate and could be postponed indefinitely.

California authorities on Sunday ordered bars in Los Angeles and 6 different counties to shut. Texas and Florida ordered the closure of all their bars on Friday.

Beaches in Florida’s Broward County and Palm Beach County is not going to open on July 3-5, officers mentioned on Sunday, a blow to residents hoping to have a good time US Independence Day there on Saturday. Miami-Dade County had already introduced seashore closures for the vacation weekend.

AMC, the biggest US film theatre chain, on Monday mentioned it was pushing again the opening of its theatres to July 30 from July 15.

Arizona and Georgia had been among the many states reporting document new circumstances this week. Last week, a complete of 15 US states reported new data, in accordance with a Reuters tally.

In June, 22 US states reported document will increase in new circumstances, typically a number of occasions, together with Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon and Utah.

Face coverings have change into a political situation, with some civil rights activists and supporters of US President Donald Trump arguing that such mandates are unconstitutional.

The metropolis of Jacksonville, Florida, venue for a part of the Republican nominating conference in August, mentioned on Twitter that it might require masks for all public areas beginning afterward Monday.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany mentioned on Monday that Trump “has no downside with masks and to do no matter your native jurisdiction requests”.

US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday pressed Americans to undertake face masks throughout a visit to Texas and wore one himself, a pointy turnaround for the administration. Other Republican politicians in hard-hit states additionally are actually calling for masks.

The US accounts for a few quarter of all reported coronavirus circumstances and associated deaths worldwide, which surpassed 10 million and 500,000, respectively, over the weekend.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday blamed Trump for the brand new surge in circumstances, saying the president’s concentrate on reopening the financial system had backfired. Cuomo has himself come underneath criticism for his dealing with of the virus in New York, which has recorded greater than double the variety of deaths than every other US state.

The governor conceded in an interview on NBC News on Sunday that he had taken “political warmth” for his resolution to place recovering sufferers in nursing houses however denied that it put extra aged folks in danger.

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