Florida reported another record one-day increase in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, with cases in Texas crossing the 400,000 mark, fueling fears that the United States is still not taking control of the outbreak, and adding pressure on Congress to move to another massive economic package. help.
Public health experts are concerned about infection rates in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, while the jump in Florida, along with Texas, Arizona and California, has strained many hospitals this month.
The increase in cases has forced steps to be taken to rebuild economies after the end of the blockade introduced in March and April to slow the spread of the virus.
Florida has had 191 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the largest increase in a day since the epidemic began, the state health department said.
Texas, the second most populous state, added more than 6,000 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 401,477, according to data from Reuters. In three other states alone – California, Florida and New York – there are more than 400,000 cases in total.
The growing epidemic has targeted the number of Covid-19 deaths from the United States to the nearest 150,000 milestone, which the country is expected to cross this week and comes just over three months before the Nov. 3 election, where Donald Trump is looking second term. There are more than 4.3 million confirmed cases in the United States, according to data tracked by Reuters and Johns Hopkins University.
The impact of the Florida case prompted Trump last week to overturn the events of the Republican Convention in Jacksonville in late August, which had already been rearranged by North Carolina.
However, there is a glimmer of hope in the data from Texas, where the state health department announced that the current hospitalizations due to Covid-19 fell on Monday.
Anthony Foci, a top infectious disease expert and a leading figure in public health for the White House’s coronavirus group, said there were signs that the recent jump could peak in severely affected states such as Florida and Texas. However, he warned that other parts of the country could be on top of growing outbreaks.
“They may be screaming and coming back down,” Faci told ABC’s Good Morning America about the state of the epidemic in several southern states.
But Foci said there was a “very early indication” that the percentage of coronavirus tests that were positive was beginning to rise in other states, such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Fauci added in the same TV show that he was not “under any circumstances” misleading the American public after another attack on him by the American president.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo added Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to a list of places whose travelers must be quarantined for 14 days when visiting New York. Thirty-one other states are on the list, which was presented last month.
New York was one of the earliest centers of the U.S. epidemic, first surfacing in China late last year and now killing more than 654,000 people worldwide.
Rising deaths and infections in the United States have shattered early hopes that the country has gone through the worst economic crisis, which has cut businesses and left millions of Americans out of work.
Congress on Tuesday locked in difficult talks on another coronavirus aid package to help American families and businesses recover from the crisis.
Amid clashes in the Republican camp, as well as disagreements between the two parties, House speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday as both sides “check our differences.”
Congress earlier in the pandemic provided about $ 3 million in aid, including increased unemployment benefits, to dull the pain of the blockade and closed business.
Senate Republicans announced a $ 1 million coronavirus package on Monday, adopted by the White House, which McConnell called a “specially designed and targeted” plan to open schools and businesses while protecting companies from lawsuits.
But the proposal provoked immediate opposition from both Democrats and some Republicans. Democrats have declared it inadequate compared to its 3 trillion proposal. The dollar, which passed in May to May.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, described the Republican proposal as “unstarted,” telling reporters it provided zero support to state and local governments most affected by the epidemic.
The Republican proposal would reduce the current extended unemployment benefit from $ 600 a week, in addition to state unemployment, to $ 200 a week.
Meanwhile, the American Federation of Teachers has allowed what the union calls “safety strikes” if necessary to protect teachers from the coronavirus as authorities discuss whether to return children and students to personal training at the end of the summer holidays.
Some school districts in coronavirus hotspots and the federal government are pushing for the reopening of schools, despite concerns about the spread of the virus in classrooms.
And Twitter has temporarily restricted the account of President Donald Trump’s son Jr. to spread false allegations about the coronavirus. He shared a video of a doctor who falsely claimed that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine was a “cure” for coronavirus. Foci stressed on Tuesday morning that it was not effective for the disease.