LUBBOCK, USA, 26 jun (Reuters) – the united States has seen at least 40.870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the biggest increase of the pandemic in a single day, according to a count by Reuters, that brings the total number of positives in the country to at least 2,475 million.
Archive photo of a health worker at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Jun 22, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’hare
The record of positive tests occurs when several states in the center of a new increase in the infection retreated in their efforts to relieve constraints on the business.
Governor Greg Abbott gave to the bars of Texas until Friday afternoon to close and demanded that restaurants limit the seating capacity in the inside 50%, while the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Florida told the bars to stop serving alcohol immediately.
The announcement of Abbott, a republican who is in his second term, surprised the owners of the bars. Mark Martinez is heard when a few friends sent text messages.
“I spent thousands of dollars in inventory getting ready for this weekend. Really could have used that (money) for my rental, which expires next week,” said Martinez, 44 years old.
Florida issued the new measures after registering amazing 8.942 new cases of COVID-19, skip and a jump from the previous record of 5.511 new infections as of June 24.
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, said Friday that the county of Imperial, east of Los Angeles, he was so overwhelmed that the state was recommending strict orders to stay at home. He also said that, in response to increasing hospitalizations, has made a pause to allow the counties to reopen their economies.
The mayor of Anchorage, in Alaska, Ethan Berkowitz, issued an emergency order that requires residents to wear masks in closed public spaces after the state identified 836 cases up to the Friday, with 387 of them in your city.
Texas had been at the forefront of states that eliminated restrictions designed to control the pandemic. Allowed the bars reabrieran in may, when the people ignored the rules of social distancing and held during the weekend of Memorial Day.
Since then, he has seen some of the largest increases in new cases in the country, reporting 5.996 Thursday. The state has also seen a record number of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.
Almost 125,000 americans have died from COVID-19, the greatest number of deaths known by the highly infectious disease in the world.
Despite the grim news from Texas, Florida, and other localities, the president, Donald Trump said that the country was coming out of a crisis that stopped to a large part of the economy and left millions without a job.
“We have a little work to do, and what we will do. We are having very good numbers in terms of the return, the return of our nation, and I think that it goes very fast and it’s going to be very good,” said Trump, at an event at the White House.
Also reported record-breaking increases of cases this week, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming.
Information Brad Brooks in Lubbock, additional Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Nathan Layne and Peter Szekely in New York, Jane Ross in Los Angeles, and Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Written by Alistair Bell and Dan Whitcomb,; Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida and Manuel Farias