Washington, DC, July 8 – The number of people who have been infected by coronavirus in the United States reached three million on Tuesday, while the number of deaths from the COVID-19 disease exceeded 131,000 , according to the count by The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House response to the pandemic, says she is surprised by the recent rebound, which has particularly affected youth in most states in the country.
” None of us really anticipated the great spread that began in the age group of 18 to 35,” Dr. Birx said earlier this Tuesday at an Atlantic Council conference. “It is an age group that was very good and disciplined in March and April. But when they saw people on social networks, they all went out on the street, “he points out.
The US health authorities confirmed that up to eight o’clock at night (Eastern time) there were 60,209 new infections and 1,114 new deaths in the country. It is the first time in almost a month that COVID-19 mortality exceeds 1,000 deaths in a single day. It has been more than two weeks since the epicenter of the pandemic moved to southern and western states of the country such as Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, and Georgia.
In total, more than 3,011,500 people in the US have been infected with coronaviruses and at least 131,200 have died, the New York newspaper says. Cases grow in much of the country, even in some states that resumed their economic activity more quickly in recent weeks. These data arrive on the same day that President Donald Trump made the departure of the country from the World Health Organization (WHO) official.
Half a million new cases have been confirmed since July 26 , 11 days before exceeding the three million mark . During these last two weeks, cases have been on the rise in at least 37 states and the nation as a whole has registered an average of 50,000 daily infections in this last week.
The Government has tried to link this increase to the increase in the number of tests, but this argument is not valid by itself since the number of people hospitalized and the percentage of positive results is also higher. The death toll does remain well below its peaks although the trend could change course in a few weeks as the death curve always lags behind the contagion curve and the rise could come during July.
Despite the harshness of the data and the warnings of the health authorities, President Trump insisted on Tuesday on opening the schools with the start of the new course next fall since, according to him, the entire educational community is eager to return to the classrooms. The Academy of American Pediatricians strongly recommended face-to-face classes because, they argue, it has greater benefits for minors.
Educational institutions like the Los Angeles Unified District have yet to decide what they will do (and their course begins in just over five weeks). And many local and state governments are backing up or halting their reopens and asking their residents to avoid crowds and wear a mask in public.