The situation with the coronavirus has sharply exacerbated in the United States. Authorities of several states reported a record increase in infections per day. By Thursday, a day in the country revealed nearly 36 thousand new cases. Approximately the same as recorded at the peak incidence of COVID-19 in April.
A particularly difficult situation has developed in the American South. Therefore, authorities in the northeastern states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have imposed quarantine restrictions on people traveling from a number of southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
“People coming from regions that are particularly affected by the pandemic can also bring infection,” said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. – It is necessary to face the truth. Denial is not a life strategy. ”
According to Cuomo, for violation of the quarantine, visitors will face a fine of $ 1,000. And with repeated violation – up to $ 5000. In addition, people arriving from these states (including returning New Yorkers, New Jersey, and Connecticut) will be asked to go through a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
The New York governor added that the states will be added to the so-called “quarantine list” or excluded from it depending on the number of new cases per 100 thousand people or the number of positive tests for COVID-19.
Such tough measures, the governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy called “a reasonable step” in the current crisis.
“We led our people through hell and back, and the last thing we need now is to subject them to another test,” Murphy said.
The chief American expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, advised Americans to maintain social distance and emphasized: “Plan A – do not go in the crowd. Plan B – if you are in it, provide yourself with a mask. ”
Sad records for coronavirus infections beat California, Florida and Texas. They live in almost a third of the US population.
On June 24, California health officials reported a record 7149 new confirmed cases, leaving the total number of patients exceeded 190 thousand. Golden State Governor Gavin Newsome said more than a million tests have been performed in the past two weeks, and approximately 5% have tested positive. Now wearing protective masks in the state has become mandatory.
Due to the growing threat of COVID-19, Disneyland California has postponed its July 17 opening. The company emphasized that for the resumption of its work requires the approval of government officials.
In another southern state, Florida, according to the Department of Health, a record 5511 cases of coronavirus infection were detected on June 24. Several cities and towns in the state issued their own orders requiring mandatory wearing of masks in public places.
In Texas, the number of infected exceeded the mark of 5.5 thousand. Governor Greg Abbott warned that the state was facing a “mass outbreak.” In general, some experts call the fears of an outbreak in Texas “apocalyptic.” The eloquent fact speaks about the seriousness of what is happening: due to the growing number of coronavirus patients, a children’s hospital in Texas Houston began to receive adult patients.
Houston, if it is not possible to reverse the current trend, can count on the bitter laurels of the most affected city in the United States, where the number of patients with coronavirus will be the same as in Brazil. By Independence Day (July 4), the number of people infected in Houston could increase fourfold, experts warn. The number of infections is also growing in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.
Another recent trend is that young populations are increasingly becoming infected. The sources of new clusters are crowded parties and bars (it is no coincidence that the Texas authorities temporarily suspended the issuance of permits for the sale of alcohol for at least 12 bars that violate safety rules).
Some people suggest that recent protests could have affected, whose participants did not follow the rules of distance and did not wear masks. However, other experts say that the crowded Black Lives Matter movement alone did not lead to an increase in COVID-19 incidence across the country.
Meanwhile, health officials in Arizona announced 1,795 new patients with coronavirus infection. Now the state is loaded with more than 80% of hospital beds; in the coming days or weeks, the healthcare system may be overloaded.
The authorities of South Carolina, Utah, Mississippi against the backdrop of a surge in a pandemic announced the forced introduction of quarantine. Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards also announced that he plans to release on Thursday, June 25, a new decree providing for the extension of restrictive measures for another 28 days.
The outbreak went not only in the American South. Washington Governor Jay Insley also called on all residents to wear face masks in public after the number of confirmed cases has risen sharply from previous weeks. “It’s about saving lives,” Insley said. – It’s about resuming our business. And it is about showing respect and caring for each other. “
Meanwhile, the incidence rate is declining in 14 US states, including Alaska, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.
Now in the United States more than 2.3 million cases of a new type of coronavirus are registered, the number of deaths is almost 122 thousand. The United States leads by a wide margin in the list of countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.