The number of deaths from the US coronavirus reached 130,000, as Florida cases DOUBLE in less than two weeks
More than 130,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirus, and 14 states have contracted a record number of new daily infections since early July, driving the nation as a whole to set a record for the moving average number of new cases of seven days by the 27th day in a row, according to The New York Times’s calculations.
More than 200,000 cases of coronavirus were added to the U.S. census between Friday and Sunday.
With much of the US partially or fully reopened, revelers are likely to boost the number of new cases on July 4 in the coming days and weeks.
Despite the tragic measure of 130,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., daily death tolls have not risen in the past two weeks in states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas in line with the increase in the number of cases.
More than 130,000 people have died of the corona virus in the US. States such as Texas and Florida are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of daily infections, although no corresponding deaths have yet been reported
In early June, a new resurgence of coronavirus cases began in the US (red). While experts say an approximately 17-day delay is expected for deaths, daily deaths have remained broadly stable (blue)
Florida has now surpassed Arizona with the steepest and most alarming rise in cases in the US.
In just two weeks, the number of infections there has doubled from 100,000 to more than 200,000 as of Sunday.
Arizona and Nevada also reached their respective record number of coronavirus patients in the hospital on Sunday, as mayors of both Austin and Houston, Texas warned that their hospitals are about to be overwhelmed.
New files were also registered daily with alarmingly steep rises in states where the virus was relatively silent until recently: West Virginia, Tennessee and Montana.
Last week, national attention turned to Arizona and Texas, each of which surpassed their previous record number of new cases in one day, time and time again.
Now Florida is back in focus.
On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed 10,059 new cases of coronavirus.
It was the third highest number of infections in one day, behind only the previous day’s report and the cases reported on Thursday.
On Monday morning, the state’s health department added another 6,327 cases, bringing the total to Florida at 203,376.
Both President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reduced the rising number of cases to more testing in many states.
That has been true in Florida, but does not explain the sharp increase in the proportion of those tests that come back positive.
Florida again recorded a record number of daily infections on Saturday (right), but strangely, no corresponding increases in deaths have occurred yet, although cases have been steadily increasing for more than two weeks
After harrowing spikes in the number of cases in Arizona last week, a relatively low number of new infections were reported during the holiday weekend
Between June 21 and June 27, an average of 9.94 percent of tests are taken every day in the state.
Last week, the positive rate rose by nearly half to 14.7 percent.
However, trends in hospitalizations and deaths have gone in the opposite direction.
In the past two weeks, as the number of Florida cases doubled, the number of daily deaths from Sunday to Sunday decreased by 82 percent. The number of hospital admissions fell by 79 percent in the same period.
Experts have warned that the number of hospitalizations and deaths will always lag behind the increase in the number of cases. A study suggested that the delay time between increase in cases and increase in death is about 17 days. It has been at least 14 years since business in Florida began to peak.
Some Florida beaches, like the one in Miami, were closed during the weekend of July 4, while others in Cocoa Beach remained open in places but required masks and temperature controls (shown)
Several coastal cities and counties in Texas closed their beaches for the holiday weekend, but Protestants abandoned orders in Galveston
Nevertheless, at least one group of state legislators are urging Governor Rick DeSantis to make face masks mandatory in public. The Florida Department of Health currently recommends wearing face masks and avoiding crowds.
The state’s beaches remained largely open, as Governor DeSantis announced on Tuesday that he would not issue significant shutdowns and that Florida would “not return.”
Several counties in South Florida closed their beaches in any way, including Miami-Dade. Other beaches were less crowded than expected for a typical July 4 weekend break, but certainly still attracted many partygoers.
Some Florida beaches and piers required temperature controls and mask wear at their entrances.
On Monday, Miami also closed its restaurants and gyms, trying to stop the wildfire spread of the corona virus in the city.
Texas residents were seen celebrating and even protesting on the state’s beaches and lakes.
The situation in Texas is getting more acute, with more than 3,449 cases reported on Sunday and a record 8,258 new cases reported on Saturday
Nevada also reached a record number of hospital admissions on Sunday, after it seemed to quell the outbreak last month
Governor Greg Abbott issued an eleventh-hour mask mandate on Friday, and major fireworks shows were canceled.
Some cities and counties, such as Galveston, closed their beaches, but there was no official state order, revelers gathered at restaurants still open, and others challenged the closures by going to the beaches in protest.
On Sunday, nearly 3,550 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Texas. A further 8,258 cases were confirmed on Saturday, surpassing the previous record of 8,076 new cases set on July 1.
In all, 195,239 cases have been confirmed in the state and 2,637 people have died.
Under increasing pressure, Governor Abbott has interrupted the state’s reopening plan, an action for which at least one group – Ector County’s GOP in Odessa – has formally “censored” the governor.
The mayors of Austin and Houston – two of the most populous cities in the state – have issued appropriate warnings that if the trajectory of the Texas corona virus outbreaks continues, every bed in their hospitals will be full and the wider hospital systems will be within two will be overwhelmed for weeks.