US coronavirus: California and Florida are charting different paths as cases increase

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters there is no going back to stricter measures, while California Governor Gavin Newsom hinted that on Wednesday he will tighten restrictions, especially on the beaches, this the independence.

California has had more than 222,000 coronavirus cases, about half of which are in Los Angeles County, and on Tuesday announced 6,367 cases, the second highest total for the state since the pandemic began. In Los Angeles County, there were reports of 2,779 new cases.

As the holiday weekend approaches, Newsom warned that family gatherings are the biggest concern.

Family gatherings where homes mingle with the extended family tend to be a place where people let their guard down, the governor said.

“It’s not just about bars, not just on the streets with people protesting and things like that,” Newsom said.

The Golden State governor, who ordered the closing of bars in seven counties over the weekend, said he will announce more restrictions on Wednesday.

Newsom has repeatedly promised that the reopening of the state comes with the ability to “toggle” if necessary.

In response to a journalist’s question about the closure of beaches in Los Angeles County over the Independence Day weekend, the governor hinted that state beaches may be part of his announcement.

In Florida, DeSantis assured reporters that his state can deal with the increase in cases and that it is not necessary to close stores and restaurants.

“We are not going back, closing things,” he said. “I mean, people who go to business are not what drives it. I think when you see the younger ones, I think a lot of them are just more social interactions and that’s natural.”

DeSantis’ message to Floridians, especially the youngest: protect the vulnerable.

“You have a responsibility not to come into close contact with people who may be more vulnerable,” he said.

CDC Director Begs Younger Americans to Wear Masks

A senior US health official at a US Senate committee hearing made another request to Americans, especially younger ones, to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in much of the country.

It is “critical” that Americans “take personal responsibility for delaying the transmission of Covid-19 and embracing the universal use of face covers,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday. of US Diseases

“Specifically, I am targeting the youngest members of our society, Millennials and Generation Zs. I ask those who are listening to spread the word,” he said.

The CDC urges everyone to wear a cloth face cover in public, mainly in case the user is unknowingly infected but has no symptoms. Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has also said there are masks of evidence that could help prevent the user from becoming infected as well.

The U.S. has reported more than 2.6 million cases of the virus and at least 127,322 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. State and local leaders have said case rates have increased in much of the country, fueled in part by meetings, both in homes and in places like bars, that some experts have called the perfect breeding ground for the virus.

Fifteen states reported registering their highest seven-day case averages on Monday, according to JHU data. Of these, 10 have no statewide mask requirements: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.

“Masks are extremely important,” the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday at the same Senate committee hearing. “They are the people who protect each other. Anything that encourages the use of masks, whether it is giving free masks or any other mechanism, I am totally in favor.”

Among the states that pause or roll back their reopening plans is Texas, where bars were ordered to close.

Over 100 Covid-19 cases linked to the Michigan bar
Arizona closed its bars, gyms, and other businesses for a month. The Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach beaches were also ordered closed for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez told CNN that he will sign an order to close restaurants in the county every night at midnight. Giménez said that not complying with the order is a second-degree misdemeanor and that violators can be fined and spend up to 180 days in jail.

The nation’s growing count of cases has had international repercussions. The European Union, which had closed its external borders due to the coronavirus, on Tuesday agreed on a list of 14 nations from which it will now accept travelers. The United States is not in that, because its current rate of Covid-19 infection is too high, the EU said.

States require quarantines of more visitors

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now asking people traveling from eight more states to be quarantined upon arrival, raising their list to 16, due to coronavirus concerns.
The tri-state travel notice, first issued last week, applies to anyone who comes from a state with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day moving average or a state with a rate of positivity of 10% or more on a seven-day moving average, the three northeastern states have said.

The latest notice, updated Tuesday, adds California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee to that list.

That adds to the list’s headlines: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.

The list requires people arriving from those states to be quarantined for 14 days.

In New York, violators could be subject to a court order and mandatory quarantine, with fines of $ 2,000 for the first violation, $ 5,000 for the second violation, and $ 10,000 if damage is caused, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The New Jersey governor said the state health commissioner could choose to pursue unspecified punishment; The Connecticut governor described his state’s advice as voluntary, but considered it an “urgent orientation.”

Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it is doing something similar. All arriving travelers, including returning residents, must be quarantined for 14 days, unless they come from seven northeastern states, Governor Charlie Baker said.

Exempt states are Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, Baker said. Essential workers are also exempt, he said.

Massachusetts also announced that there were no Covid-19 related deaths on Tuesday, the first time in months zero deaths were reported.

Only 2-state cases tend significantly downward

The rethink of how to reopen the US safely comes as 36 states have shown an upward trend in average new daily cases, an increase of at least 10%, in the past seven days, starting Tuesday. , according to Johns Hopkins data.

These states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico , North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

In two states, average daily cases decreased more than 10% during those seven days: New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Experts say swine flu with ‘pandemic potential’ is not an immediate threat

Chinese researchers have announced a recently discovered type of swine flu, but scientists around the world say the virus does not appear to pose an immediate threat to global health.
Chinese researchers discover new swine flu with 'pandemic potential'

The G4 virus, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused the 2009 pandemic, was described in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

G4 already appears to have infected humans in China. In Hebei and Shandong provinces, both places with a high number of pigs, more than 10% of pig workers on pig farms and 4.4% of the general population tested positive in a 2016-2018 survey.

Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s school of public health who was not involved in the study, warned the public not to panic.

“Our understanding of what a possible strain of pandemic influenza is is limited,” Rasmussen posted on Twitter on Monday.

CNN’s Cheri Mossburg, Jamiel Lynch, Jeremy Grisham, Amanda Watts, Holly Yan, Taylor Romine, Shelby Lin Erdman, Sarah Moon, Jacqueline Howard, Jessie Yeung, and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.


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