At least nine states in the United States announced this week that they will not continue their reopening phases due to the advance in the coronavirus.
Florida and Texas close bars to avoid more infections !
Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Carolina are some of the demarcations that, amid a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19, have decided to stop the next phases of reopening.
CNN reported on Friday that, more generally, more than 30 states are struggling with the increase in infections after four months of the first case in the country being reported.
The Donald Trump Administration has insisted that the increase in infections responds to a greater capacity to carry out diagnostic tests.
“To a certain extent, the volume of new cases that are coming is a sign of the great success we have had in expanding the tests throughout the country,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday.
However, that is not necessarily the idea shared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. For the official, the rise would be related to certain types of massive activities.
“At this time it is clear that the increase in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including meetings in bars,” Abbott said in a press release on Friday.
The Texas case is particularly striking in terms of record numbers. The state, one of the first to reopen, reported 5,996 new cases on Thursday, and 5,707 on Friday.
Authorities in the demarcation have ordered additional restrictions on businesses, including that the bars are only open for delivery and takeout.
In addition, local officials must approve any activity or meeting in which 100 or more people will gather.
In Florida, in the last two days, the cases amount to 10,000. However, Governor Ron DeSantis attributed it to the “heap of evidence.”
“Nothing has changed in the last week,” said the president, who added that the new cases involve young people, usually asymptomatic, who were infected by community transmission.
The Florida Department of Business Regulation yesterday announced the suspension of alcohol sales in bars across the state, due to the increase in positive cases.