New cases of Covid-19 in the US USA They have reached their highest level in two months, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the outbreak.
Tuesday, USA USA It reported 34,700 new cases, the third highest daily number since the US outbreak began. USA, according to the AP news agency.
States like Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas had record numbers of new cases, the AP said.
Health officials say the next few weeks will be crucial in stopping the outbreaks.
On Tuesday, the United States’ leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told lawmakers there was “a disturbing increase in infection” and “further community spread” in many southern and western states.
“A couple of days ago there were 30,000 new infections” in a single day, he said. “That is very concerning to me.”
He told Americans to take social distancing measures, saying, “Plan A, don’t go into the crowd. Plan B, if you do, make sure you wear a mask.”
The United States has recorded more than 2.3 million cases of the virus and more than 120,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of the health department who oversees the US diagnostic capacity. The US, told lawmakers that it expected the US USA They could perform 40 to 50 million tests per month by the fall.
What US states USA Are you seeing cases increase?
The total number of infections in the US USA It increased by a quarter last week, and 10 states reported an increase in cases of more than 50%, according to the Reuters news agency.
Arizona On Tuesday, he reported a record 3,600 new infections, hours before President Trump held a campaign rally in the city of Phoenix.
Democratic Mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego said the Trump event would not be safe and urged him to wear a mask.
But the president, who has so far refused to wear a mask, insisted in the event that the coronavirus “plague” was “disappearing” and again referred to the virus as the “kung flu,” which the White House denies that be racist. finished.
Arizona authorities warn that more than 80% of hospital beds are currently being used, and that the health care system may be overwhelmed in the coming days or weeks.
In Texas, where a record number of people have been admitted to the hospital for 12 days in a row, a children’s hospital in Houston has begun admitting adult patients with the virus.
Texas Children’s Hospital urged the public to “take responsible steps: practice appropriate social distancing, wear a mask or a mask to cover your face every time you leave your home.”
Both Arizona and Texas were among the states that removed coronavirus restrictions early. Texas has temporarily revoked the alcohol licenses of several companies that were breaking social distancing rules.
On Tuesday the Governor of Washington The state, Jay Inslee, ordered all residents to wear face masks in public after confirmed infections increased by more than a third the previous week.
“It is about saving lives. It is about reopening our businesses. And it is about showing respect and mutual care,” Inslee said.
Various states and cities in the US USA Residents have been instructed to cover their faces.
California, South Carolina, Utah, Mississippi and Louisiana They have also seen an increase in the number of cases and some governors have said they may be forced to announce new blockade measures.
Monday, Florida exceeded 100,000 cases. In the absence of a statewide mask requirement, several cities and towns have issued their own orders that require masks in public.
The European Union is reportedly considering banning American citizens from entering the bloc as it considers how to reopen its external borders.
What were President Trump’s test remarks about?
Dr. Fauci and other health experts told Congress Tuesday that President Donald Trump never advised them to “delay” the tests and said they planned to increase the tests.
His comments come after Trump said at a weekend rally in Oklahoma that he had asked his team to do less testing to help keep the countdown on official cases.
The White House has said the president’s comment was “joking.” But on Tuesday the president seemed to contradict that and told reporters: “I’m not kidding.”
What else did health experts from the United States say?
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield called the tests “a fundamental basis for our response,” but said social distancing measures were more effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
Dr. Redfield also asked all Americans to get a flu shot this year, saying the public should “accept flu shots with confidence.”
“This one act will save lives,” he added.
Dr. Fauci added that he was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be ready by the end of 2020. He said it was “when and not if” the vaccine is ready, but added that “it could take some time.”
The pharmaceutical company Moderna has plans to “launch a Phase 3 clinical trial starting in July 2020, pending positive results from this Phase 2 trial,” he said.
Dr. Fauci also defended his decision not to warn Americans to start wearing masks earlier, saying it was due to a shortage at the time of personal protective equipment, or PPE, that was necessary for healthcare providers.