A person unfolds a banner in front of bags with alleged “corpses” representing those killed by the coronavirus on May 27 during the protest against the reopening of the economy in the Torch of Friendship park in downtown Miami, Florida . (Free Press Photo: .).

At 20:00 local time, the deaths were 100 thousand 276 (1 thousand 401 more than Tuesday) and the contagions 1 million 698 thousand 581 (another 18 thousand 280), according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.

Thus, the death toll in the United States has already reached the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.

The figure was reached as the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and one of the leaders of the White House working group, Anthony Fauci, called for caution in the reopening process.

“Let’s not start skipping the recommendations in some of the guidelines because it’s really tempting luck and looking for trouble,” he said.

WISE OPTIMISM

The country’s states, who are leading the operation, try to find a balance between boosting economic activity and caution to avoid flare-ups.

“I am proud of what we have achieved, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We must increase the number of tests and we need to encourage the citizens of Georgia to make it a priority, “said Brian Kemp, Republican governor of the southern state and one of the first to lift the measures, this weekend.

After weeks of confinement, the state of Illinois and the capital district, Washington D.C., have announced the start of lifting some of the restrictions.

However, the mayor of the US capital, Muriel Bowser, has specified that in reality it goes from strict confinement to “light confinement.”

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the authorization of restricted pool access and low-risk shopping inside stores, while Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta (the largest city in Georgia), indicated that the city would move to phase two of the reopening plan this week.

Despite the downward trend, and Trump’s insistence on improvement dubbed “Transition to Greatness,” the data shows a spike in contagion in 15 states across the country, including Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Alabama, among others.

THE MASK AS A SYMBOL

Another cause for concern is the millions of Americans who flocked to beaches and other public places to spend the long Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the summer in the US informally. USA and an occasion to be with family or participate in outdoor activities.

Images of crowds on beaches and recreation areas, from Virginia or Florida on the east coast, to Alabama, Texas and Louisiana on the gulf coast, have sounded the alarm among health professionals for fear of outbreaks in the coming days .

In this sense, Fauci stressed the importance of wearing a mask in public places not only as a protection measure but also as a “symbol for people to see what should be done.”