Several visitors wear a mask to protect themselves from the coronavirus at the reopening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AP)
Florida broke the record for daily coronavirus cases in the United States on Sunday by reporting nearly 15,300, more than any other state since the crisis began.
Deaths from the virus have also been rising in other parts of the country, most notably in the south and west, though they are still below levels reached in April, according to a recent analysis by The Associated Press of the data collected. from Johns Hopkins University.
« I really think we could control this, and it is the human element that is so crucial. It should be a task of our country. We should be uniting when we are in a crisis, and we definitely are not, ”said Dr. Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida.
Admiral Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said wearing face masks in public, something that has been resisted in some states in the country, is « absolutely essential. »
Giroir, undersecretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, told ABC’s « This Week » on Sunday that « if we don’t have that, we are not going to control the virus. »
President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time on Saturday, something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that showed she has « crossed a bridge. »
Pelosi told CNN’s « State of the Union » program that he hopes that means that the president « will change his attitude, which will be useful to stop the spread of the coronavirus. »
In Houston, Texas, two senior Democratic officials called for the nation’s fourth-largest city to re-implement confinement measures, as hospitals struggle to accommodate the wave of sick patients.
In Florida, where parts of the Walt Disney World theme park reopened Saturday, 15,299 people tested positive for the coronavirus, for a cumulative 269,811 cases, and 45 deaths were recorded, according to Health Department statistics reported Sunday.
California held the previous record for daily positive cases, at 11,694, which was set on Wednesday.
Florida recorded 514 deaths in the week, a record, an average of 73 per day. Three weeks ago, the state averaged 30 deaths per day.
Researchers predict that deaths will continue to rise in the United States for at least a few more weeks, but some believe the figure probably won’t rise as dramatically as it did a few months ago due to several factors, including an increase in evidence.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported another record increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide in a 24-hour period, with more than 230,000.
The UN health agency said the United States again topped the list internationally, with more than 66,000 cases. The amounts do not necessarily reflect delays in reporting cases, and are believed to be much less than the actual figures.