Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations

Hello and welcome to the details of Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations and now with the details

US President Donald Trump has refused to endorse mask wearing, calling it a personal choice. — Reuters pic
Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - US President Donald has refused to endorse mask wearing, calling it a personal choice. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, July 5 — Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast a shadow over the nation’s Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals.

After towns and cities across the country canceled annual fireworks displays to avoid large crowds gathering, many Americans launched bottle rockets and roman candles from streets and suburban backyards to commemorate Independence Day.

In the first four days of July alone, 15 states have reported record increases in new cases of Covid-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally.

Florida’s cases have risen by over 10,000 for three out of the last four days, including climbing by 10,059 on Sunday, surpassing the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the coronavirus outbreak there. Cases are also soaring in Arizona, California and Texas and trending upwards in Midwest states that once had infections declining such as Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.

Despite the high number of infections in the state, sun seekers gathered at Clearwater Beach, Florida, which remained open on Independence Day.

In Phoenix, Arizona, people gathered without masks or social distancing to listen to a speaker at a rally against restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. Many in the crowd wore red, white and blue, and some held signs saying, “Capitalism makes sense. Socialism doesn’t. Go Trump 2020.”

“We opened way too early in Arizona,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said on ABC. She said the city was in a “crisis related to testing,” with people waiting in eight-hour lines in their cars to find out if they were infected.

During an Independence Day speech at the White House yesterday, US President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that 99 per cent of coronavirus cases in the United States were “totally harmless.”

In Texas alone, the number of Covid-19 patients currently hospitalized rose to a record 7,890 yesterday compared with 3,247 just two weeks ago. The Democratic mayor of Austin, Texas, warned during an interview with CNN that his city’s hospitals could reach capacity in two weeks and run out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in 10 days.

Trump, a Republican, has refused to wear a mask in public and has been reluctant to encourage Americans to do so, saying it was a personal choice. A July 4 celebration he attended at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota was “mask-optional” and had no social distancing.

Mixed messaging from governments has been a major factor in people not following coronavirus mitigation recommendations in Miami Beach, said its Democratic mayor, Dan Gelber.

Miami Beach’s coronavirus hospitalisations have doubled in the last 14 days and hospitals now have 158 people on ventilators, up from 64 two weeks ago, he told CNN.

“We’re spreading it because of this incredible activity, and too many people obviously are not taking seriously all of these admonishments to socially distance to wear masks,” he said. — Reuters

These were the details of the news Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Beirut explosion: offers of help pour in from international community
NEXT British MP Craig Whittaker accused of racism after blaming Muslims and minorities for new coronavirus lockdown