The United States has recorded a record growth in coronavirus cases in recent days. More than 2,880,000 positive cases have already been reported in the country and around 130,000 deaths are reported, according to the most recent statistics.
These are the main information of this Monday, July 6:
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for coronavirus
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reported Monday via social media Twitter that she had tested positive for a coronavirus.
“COVID-19 has literally come home. I had no symptoms and I was positive to a test, “the mayor tweeted.
Bottoms is on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s list of possible running mates as a vice presidential hopeful.
The mayor jumped onto the national scene during national protests against police brutality, sparked by killings in the custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, both black men.
Atlanta Police Department chief Erika Shields resigned hours after the Brooks murder and two officers involved in the shooting were criminally charged.
Bottoms has issued several executive orders to reform the police department.
The US adds 250,000 new infections in five days and several states are close to the collapse of their hospitals
In just five days, the United States added 250,000 new cases of coronavirus, while the use of hospital beds is reaching its limit in several states, two signs that the pandemic only worsens with the passing of days.
The country already accumulates about 3 million infected, of which 200,000 correspond to Florida, the third state with the most patients and that in just 15 days doubled its records, adding new records of infection day after day.
Despite the fact that the governor, Ron DeSantis, affirmed this Monday that “there is no need to be scared”, the explosive increase in cases has raised fears for the collapse of the health system.
Between June 23 and July 5, Florida hospitalizations increased 88%, going from 818 to 1,538.
In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered the closure of restaurants, lounges, gyms and event centers on Monday, one step back from the reopening plan that had been decided in early June and of which several governors they say it was decided in a hurry. The order is effective this Wednesday, July 8.
The beaches, which were closed over the weekend of July 4, will reopen on Tuesday, although the mayor said they will monitor people’s behavior and could determine a new closure if social distancing and the use of masks.
“We want to make sure that our hospitals continue to have enough personnel to save lives,” Giménez said in a statement. “But if we see overcrowding and people who do not follow public health rules, I will be forced to close the beaches again,” said the mayor.
Beauty salons and shops will remain open, as well as hotel pools and summer camps.
Hospitalizations have increased across the state, with nearly 1,700 patients admitted in the past seven days, compared with 1,200 the previous week. Five hospitals in the St. Petersburg area have exhausted their availability of intensive care beds, authorities said.
County Miami-Dade currently has more than 1,600 coronavirus patients in hospitals, more than double than two weeks ago. The medical center Baptist Hospital Miami had only four of its 88 intensive care beds available.
“If we continue at this rate, we will not have enough respirators, or enough rooms,” said Dr. David De La Zerda, a respiratory disease specialist at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
The alarming increase in cases is not restricted to Florida. In Arizona cases exceeded 100,000, and beds in critically ill units are at 89% occupancy, according to the Health Department. In South Carolina the hospital occupancy rate is about 70%.
Idaho it nearly doubled the number of infections in two weeks, from 4,000 to about 8,000. California It added 27,000 new cases in the first five days of July, but not including Los Angeles County, because the count was temporarily suspended for the holidays.
33 other states and territories have seen increases of more than 25% in their infections in the past two weeks, compared to the previous two.
Hundreds of medical experts warn WHO that coronavirus can be transmitted through the air
Hundreds of scientists called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its recommendations on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, since new studies suggest contaminated particles may stay in the air longer than what was initially believed.
In a letter to the body signed by 239 scientists from 32 countries, it is noted that the droplets through which the virus can spread, remain in the air and are airborne from one environment to another, increasing the chances of infecting people .
“We are aware of this letter and we are reviewing its content with our team of experts,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters.
The organization has said that the main form of transmission of the virus is from person to person through droplets that are expelled from the nose or mouth when speaking, sneezing or coughing.
The virus can jump from one person to another in a drop after a sneeze, but it can also remain in smaller particles that can move in the air inside a room, and that can be inhaled by other people, an expert explained to the The New York Times.
“Especially in the last one, we have been saying that we consider airborne transmission to be possible, but there is no clear and solid evidence to support it,” said Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, who leads the WHO’s area of infection prevention and control.
The CDC in the United States only warns that the risk of contagion occurs through droplets when two people are less than six feet away.
Authorities from states hit hard by the pandemic admit that the economy reactivated there “too soon”
Local officials in states hit hard by COVID-19 spikes, such as Arizona, Texas, and Florida, believe the economy reactivated there “too soon” after the first phase of the pandemic in the spring, and so the virus is now spreading , as they maintain.
Those Democrat mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Kate Gallego spoke those exact words Sunday on ABC News, before adding: “We were one of the last states to stay home and one of the first to reopen.” She also said: “We had discos full of people giving out free champagne, without masks.” Likewise, she insisted on the need to wear face masks.
Arizona is one of the states most affected by the pandemic today, in the same way as Texas, where some hospitals have already collapsed. Authorities from the cities of Houston and Austin asked Governor Gregg Abbot to allow them to issue an order to stay home, following the dramatic spike in cases that they largely attributed to the reopening of the state.
And Democratic judge Lina Hidalgo expressed an idea similar to Gallego’s, also on ABC News. “I hope that is a warning to other communities as well, that there are no shortcuts,” he said. “Frankly, if we had stayed closed longer, if we had opened more slowly, we would probably be in a more sustainable place in our economy,” he added, “we would not be moving from open to closed.”
These statements come after the governor himself, a Republican who launched one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, closed the bars.
“If I could go back and do something again, it was probably the opening of bars, now looking after how fast the coronavirus spread in those kinds of situations,” Abbott told CNN affiliate KVIA.
On ABC News, the Mayor of Miami, Florida, Republican Francis X. Suarez, said while speaking about the “exponential” increase in cases in his state: “There is no doubt that when we reopened, people began to socialize as if the virus does not exist. ” And he described the situation as “extremely worrying”.
Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies of coronavirus at 41 after weeks of intensive care
Broadway actor Nick Cordero died this Sunday after contracting the coronavirus and spending weeks in intensive care, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. “I can’t believe it and it hurts everywhere, everywhere,” Kloots published on the social network Instagram. “My heart is broken and I cannot imagine our lives without it.”
Cordero, 41, went to the hospital with symptoms of the virus on March 30. Two days later he was connected to a respirator.
Despite apparently having no previous ailments, he developed an infection that caused cerebrovascular problems and septic shock. The Los Angeles doctors who treated him had to medically induce the coma and amputate his right leg.
The actor, who also received a Tony Award nomination in his career, specialized in playing “tough guys” roles on Broadway in shows like “Waitress”, “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway”. He also worked in television series and in a movie.
“I will always love you, my sweet man,” wrote his wife on Instagram.
With information from NBC News.
Inhabitants of a border area of Mexico block the passage to travelers from the United States for fear of the virus
Fear of the impact of the pandemic after the progressive increase of new cases in the neighboring country has raised great concern among residents of Sonoyta, on the Mexican side of the border with Arizona.
Poblanos of this town particularly traveled by travelers who cross from the United States, they request that this flow be temporarily interrupted to avoid more contagions in their area; He denounces that the new positive cases and fear that the existing health resources are not sufficient to face the situation.
To express their discontent, several of them joined the initiative of greater control of traffic coming from the north by the local authorities and cut off the main road that takes visitors arriving from the neighboring country, trying to cut them off.
The blockade of this road was maintained until political officials from Sonoyta and the neighboring tourist town of Puerto Peñasco reached an agreement that aims to reassure the local population without excessively affecting the economy of the area.
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