As US reopening plans went into dramatic reverse or stalled in the US Faced with a resurgent virus, Miami became the latest authority to act by announcing it would close its beaches and plan an offensive. against the coronavirus rules.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez will sign an order to close all beaches from July 3 through July 7. Giménez said the closings can be extended depending on conditions, or if people do not follow the rules of the facial mask, or if social distancing is not observed.
“If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives,” said Giménez.
Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California have emerged as states experiencing an increasing number of coronavirus cases. But they are among the worst cases of the U.S. pandemic, which once again appears to be out of control even as the White House touted its reopening plans and claimed the country has overcome the worst threat.
The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the US hit a record high of 40,000 according to figures released by Johns Hopkins on Friday, overshadowing the mark first set during one of the pandemic’s deadliest stretches of end of april.
Record seven-day case averages have been reported in 13 states in total across a large swath of the United States, including Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.
The news has yielded much of the United States’ effort to reopen its economy, which President Donald Trump considers crucial to his reelection efforts, in reverse or stagnant.
In Texas, bars have also closed again after the number of new cases continues to rise. “Right now, it is clear that the increase in cases is largely due to certain types of activities, including Texans who congregate in bars,” Governor Greg Abbott said last week, as the state registered 5,996 new cases. of coronavirus and the highest number of daily cases. deaths since mid-May.
Abbott has also issued orders to postpone “all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary immediately” in the state’s four largest counties, as Houston reported that all of its ICU beds are now occupied.
A small Texas town outside of Houston even instituted a curfew starting Saturday night. Esmeralda Moya, Mayor of Galena Park, a community of 10,000 people, said: “It is crucial to continue practicing good hygiene, staying home as much as possible, avoiding unnecessary trips, meetings and covering your face at all times when you leave your home “.
The closings in Miami occur when the Florida Department of Health announced 8,942 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. Miami-Dade, which encompasses Miami, reported 1,528 new cases, the highest in a single day since the pandemic began.
The mayor’s directive came when Governor Ron DeSantis, who has repeatedly portrayed the economic damage from coronavirus blockages as a greater risk than the risks of the virus itself, said he would not order Floridians to cover their faces.
But DeSantis, a big ally of Trump, said he would delay Florida’s gradual reopening by suspending alcohol sales in bars across the state.
California has also been hit. In the past two weeks, admissions to the intensive care unit in California have skyrocketed by 19%, California Governor Gavin Newsom said.