Washington has decided to postpone plans to reopen its economic activities in full after a sharp surge in new cases of Covid-19 corona virus infection in the United States, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Washington joins Texas, the second most populous state in America, and several the other state decided the same day before.
“We want to go back to doing fun things this summer, and to fully open the economy, but indeed we haven’t reached there yet,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. He added, “The situation is still developing and we will continue to make decisions based on available data.”
Earlier, the US Department of Health reported Texas and at least five other states namely Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee and Utah, the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases on Friday. The number of new cases of infection in Florida which is expected to be the new epicenter of the disease in America, for example, reached 9,585 cases throughout the day.
Not only in the six states, data at Johns Hopkins University said the addition of new cases daily also occurred in 32 other states. The impact, the number of daily cases nationally in America also jumped to nearly 40 thousand on the same day.
“The infection rate in our city is three times higher today than it was three months ago,” said Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner.
The situation made the Governor of Texas decide to freeze plans to open the economy and increase the length of restrictions in the business district including bars. Similar steps were followed in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico and North Carolina.
Peter Hotez, professor of tropical medicine and dean at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, said the exponential growth of the Covid-19 case was seen in metropolitan cities in America. That means America will see a dramatic surge nationally too.
“Now at least in the metropolitan area people have been wearing masks and our bars are closed again and support restrictions from mayors and judges,” he said about Texas. “But I don’t know how this can really put the brakes on the addition of cases that have taken place aggressively. It’s like trying to stop a train that is moving on its tracks. ”
The surge in new cases occurred along with easing social restrictions and people in America are busy enjoying summer activities. Previous social restrictions were in effect last spring to reduce transmission of the virus.
An expert from the US Agency for Disease Prevention and Prevention, Anthony Fauci, urges all Americans to return to the very basic rules to prevent transmission or avoid contracting. “For God’s sake: avoid the crowd, wear masks. This is a very basic thing that is not done by people and leads to disaster,” he said.
As per this article, Sunday 28 June 2020, the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in the United States is still the highest in the world, reaching 2.5 million people. The death toll of 125 thousand people is also the highest in the world. In America, the largest number of cases was contributed by New York.