The Governor of Texas has warned that he will be able to re-imprison the state if he fails to heed measures to prevent coronavirus, as states in the United States competed to control the pandemic.
Friday spent 63,900 new cases nationwide – a new record analyzed, according to data from Johns Hopkins University CNN.
Bioethicist Dr. Zeke Emanuel said that by the end of the year, up to 250,000 Americans could die directly from the corona virus.
Emanuel, vice provost for Global Initiatives and chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic was “incompetent and quite disastrous.”
The United States saw 63,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday nationwide – a new record
“Before the year is over, we probably have between 220,000 and 250,000 Americans who died directly from COVID, not to mention the people who die indirectly,” he said. The podcast of CBS The Takeout.
“You’re getting a massive increase in mortality from COVID, and I think that’s a failure,” said Emanuel, a member of Joe Biden’s campaign task force to tackle the coronavirus.
In the United States, the worst affected country, more than 3 million people have died of COVID
In each of the three days leading up to Friday, more than 800 people across the country have died – a three-day total that is 56 percent higher than during the same three days last week.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Friday that she expected the number of deaths among virus-infected Americans to increase soon.
“In the United States, the number of cases has increased in the past three weeks,” she said during a virtual COVID-19 conference.
“We have not seen this result increase in mortality, but that is expected because the disease continues to spread in some of our major metropolitan areas.”
Health workers in Texas, where the governor has threatened to reset the block
Her statement puts her at odds with President Donald Trump, who has touted a declining death rate as a sign of success in his approach to the virus.
In his July 4 speech, Trump said the US had tested 40 million people and 99 percent of the cases were “completely harmless.”
A few days later, on July 9 at a White House event, Trump said the country had drastically cut ‘death rates’ with respect to COVID and one of the lowest deaths ‘anywhere in the world.’
The New York Times on Friday tracked the percentage change in average daily cases since the reopening of the states, and found that, with a seven-day moving average, infections in Florida rose by 1,393 percent.
South Carolina was up 999 percent; Arizona by 858 percent; and Texas by 680 percent.
New York fell by 52 percent.
California and Texas reported a daily high in deaths earlier this week. Florida and Tennessee did that on Thursday.
There are many cases of COVID-19 in the southern and western United States
Cars wait in line at a drive-through COVID-19 test site in Miami Gardens, Florida
People are tested for COVID-19 while driving through a test site in Orlando, Florida
In Phoenix, hospital officials are running out of morgue beds, Mayor Kate Gallego told MSNBC on Friday.
Maricopa County, where Phoenix is based, is expected to receive refrigerated ‘morgue trucks’ similar to those in New York City soon
“A few months ago, I warned of a possible tsunami if we didn’t take this more seriously,” said Richard Cortez, an official in Hidalgo County, southern Texas.
“The tsunami is here.”
On Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the worst was yet to come for his state.
Greg Abbott, Texas governor, warned on Friday of a possible second shutdown
Thursday afternoon, 2,918 Texas had died of COVID-19. The state also reported nearly another 10,000 new cases of the disease.
“It’s going to get worse, and let me explain why,” he told KLBK TV in Lubbock.
“The deaths that we announced today and yesterday – which are now over 100 – are people who probably contracted COVID-19 at the end of May.
“The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive surge in people who test positive.”
Texans are also likely to see an increase in the number of cases next week, Abbott said.
He said that people who respect his face mask requirement could be the only thing between companies that stay open and a new closure.
“The public needs to understand that this was a very difficult decision for me,” he said of his face mask.
Under his verdict – an abrupt turn of events for him – Texans in counties with more than 20 cases must wear masks in public. Nearly 80 counties in Texas have opted out of the order, while others refuse to enforce it.
“I made it clear that I made this difficult decision for one reason: it was our last attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
“If we don’t slow the spread of COVID-19, the next step should be a lockdown.”
The number of infections continues to increase in the United States
Health workers walk through the Texas Medical Center on a shift as cases rise
Nearly 9,700 people were in Texas hospitals on Thursday – the highest number since the pandemic started.
Friday afternoon, Abbott extended his disaster statement for all counties in Texas.
The previous day, he had extended his ban on elective medical procedures to more than 100 counties in much of the state.
In Houston, hospitals were forced to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients at their emergency rooms – sometimes for several hours or several days – while trying to go to extra beds in the intensive care unit, according to internal figures shared with NBC News and ProPublica.
At the same time, the 12 busiest hospitals in the region are increasingly telling emergency services that they cannot safely accept new patients, at a rate nearly three times that of a year ago, according to data reviewed by reporters.
Since Texas officials have not issued a new home order to slow the spread of the virus, hospitals are also still seeing a steady stream of patients as a result of routine car accidents, violent crime and heat-related medical emergencies.
Previous outbreaks of the coronavirus flooded the emergency room in New York City and Detroit, but dropping orders in those cities led to fewer car accidents and a reduction in violent crime, freeing up more space in ERs for COVID patients.
Multiple hospitals in the city are running low on non-surgical ICU beds, including both the city’s best trauma centers, Ben Taub Hospital, and Memorial Hermann’s flagship hospital at Texas Medical Center.
The deficit was evident in the daily status report issued Wednesday by the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which coordinates the emergency medical care of the Houston region.
COVID-19 tests in Edinburgh, Texas, where 2,918 people have lost their lives so far
A medical team is fighting to save a patient’s life at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center
In Florida, health officials meanwhile reported 11,433 new cases and 93 deaths, according to data on the Florida Department of Health website.
Friday’s data was the second time the state’s one-day census exceeded 11,000.
The health department reported a record of 11,458 cases on July 4.
More than 40 hospitals in Florida are now reaching their limits on ICU capacity, according to a CNBC News report published Tuesday.
On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis denied that there was a lack of ICU beds in the state
“You have a lot of beds available,” he said at a news conference in Orlando, adding that no major hospital system in the state “has even peaked.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a photo on Friday at a news conference in Orlando
As of Friday, there are 3.16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States
California reported 149 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, the highest daily total for the state, and the total number of cases was 300,000 on Friday.
California’s positivity rate as a 14-day average rises to 7.4 percent, with people ages 18-49 accounting for nearly 60 percent of all cases.
Also, according to health officials, daily records for new COVID-19 cases were Utah at 850, Louisiana at 2,642, and Georgia at 4,484.