By Sharon Bernstein and Lisa Shumaker
(Reuters) – Half a dozen US states in the South and West reported a one-day record for coronovirus deaths on Tuesday and cases in Texas exceeded the 400,000 mark as California health officials said Latino more than half its Make the case.
Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas each recorded record spikes in fatal incidents.
According to a Reuters tally, more than 1,300 people died in the United States on Tuesday, the largest one-day increase since May.
California health officials said that Latino, who live in one-third of America’s most populous, accounts for 56% of COVID-19 infections and 46% of deaths. In the agricultural sector of the Middle Valley, cases are increasing with its large Latino population, heavy hospitals. There were 171 deaths in the state on Tuesday.
The state’s Department of Health said there were 191 coronavirus deaths in the first 24 hours in Florida.
According to a Reuters tally, Texas added more than 6,000 new cases on Monday, taking the total to 401,477. Only three other states – California, Florida and New York – have more than 400,000 cases in total. The four most populous US states are.
Both California and Texas reported a decrease in overall hospitalization, one of America’s top infectious disease specialists, Dr. Anthony Fauci was, he observed, that growth in the south and west could be at a peak, while other areas were due to new outbreaks.
Fauci said early indications increased the percentage of positive coronavirus tests in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Teachers union contest
The rise in US deaths and infections has aroused early hopes that the country is past the worst of an economic crisis that has reduced businesses and forced millions of Americans out of work.
The trend has sparked a bitter debate over the reopening of schools in the coming weeks. President Donald Trump and members of his administration have inspired students to return to the classroom, while some teachers and local officials have called for online learning.
“We will fight on all fronts to protect students and their teachers,” American Federation of Teachers President Randy Weyngton said Tuesday during the union’s virtual conference. “It’s the 11th hour; we need resources now.”
The Texas Education Agency, which oversees the state’s public education, said it would refuse funding to schools that delay individual classrooms due to orders from local health officials related to the epidemic.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued guidance that health officials cannot close “blanket” schools for the prevention of coronavirus. He said that any such decision rests with the school authorities.
Local health leaders in Texas’ largest metropolitan areas, including Houston and Dallas, have recently ordered postponement of in-person classes.
In Washington, some Republicans in the US Senate pushed back against their own party’s $ 1 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, which was then unveiled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, weighing US stock.
“I’m not one to borrow another trillion dollars,” Republican Senator Rand Paul told reporters.
Democrats have greatly limited the plan compared to their $ 3 trillion resolution passed in the House of Representatives in May. Some Republicans described it as too expensive.
Trump said on Tuesday that he did not support everything in Senate Republican coronavirus relief legislation, but would not elaborate.
In a White House briefing, he said, “There are also things I greatly support.” “But we will negotiate.”
Trump also questioned Fauci’s high approval rating and joked that “no one likes me” as he struggled to improve standing with voters to combat the epidemic of coronavirus virus.
“It can only be my personality,” Trump said.
(GRAPHIC: Tracking Novel Coronaviruses in America – https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html)
(GRAPHIC: Where Coronavirus Cases Are Increasing in the United States – https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-TRENDS/dgkvlgkrkpb.index.html)
(Reporting by Susan Heave, Daniel Trotta, Patricia Zengle, David Morgan, Lisa Shumaker, Maria Caspani, Brendan O’Brien, Sharon Bernstein and Dan Whitcomb; Writing with Paul Simao and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler and Christian Schmollinger)