At first glance, it looks like many Americans have long forgotten the dangers of the corona virus.
During the weekend, the beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, and Indiana were crowded – many ventured out without masks and others did not keep their distance, even though officials have tirelessly emphasized the importance of both to prevent a further increase in cases.
In Missouri, hundreds attended a pool party just a few days after a similar party in neighboring Arkansas caused a cluster of new coronavirus cases. The Arkansas governor said the state is now experiencing a “second climax.”
“You tell me how people behave today, I will tell you the infection rate in three days,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on Sunday, stressing the importance of residents’ actions for the spread of infections .
However, as health officials warn that the deadly virus is not yet included, local officials across the country are working to enforce the regulations for shops, bars, and restaurants that have reopened.
The Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration called on Americans on Memorial Day on Sunday to follow federal guidelines to curb the spread of the corona virus.
“With the opening of the country this holiday weekend, I remind everyone again that the corona virus is not yet included. It is up to everyone to protect themselves and their community. Social distance, washing hands and wearing masks protect us all. “Dr. Stephen Hahn wrote in a tweet.
In Houston, the mayor said that once the city was preserved, the authorities would begin enforcing capacity limits for bars and restaurants Hundreds of complaints alleged violations.
“The reality is that too many people are coming together,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “No social distancing, no mask. And then, after Memorial Day this weekend, they’ll be working with someone or being in close proximity to someone else.”
So far, the country’s infections are 1,643,000 and deaths are closer to 100,000.
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Spike of falls in Washington, DC
While Americans are pushing to return to a normal lifestyle and the country continues to lift restrictions on corona viruses, experts say that many parts of the country are still not going in the right direction.
North Carolina saw the highest increase in new cases in a day over the weekend, and parts of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and other states still have a high number of infections, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
In Washington, DC, health officials are reporting an increase in new cases – an increase that could be a setback for the criteria by which officials decide when the city will begin its first phase of reopening.
As of this weekend, Washington had 11 days of declining coronavirus spread in the community. The city said 14 days of decline were needed before it opened again. Sunday would have been the 13th day of decline – but instead there has been a small increase in the past two days.
But because the spike was small, health officials say they’ll consider going back to the 11th day of decline instead of starting the count all over again.
“We don’t have to go to day zero,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the DC Department of Health, at a press conference.
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There are two other factors that officials will consider before reopening: a positive rate of less than 20% and hospital capacity less than 80%.
As of Sunday, the city’s positivity rate is 19% and hospital capacity is 74%.
A 17 year old dies in Georgia
In Georgia, one of the first states to begin reopening, officials reported the state’s recent death with corona viruses on Sunday.
The victim was a 17-year-old boy, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The boy had basic illnesses. The department offered no further details.
The boy’s death is a grim reminder that although officials have warned the elderly that there is a higher risk of complications related to infection, younger people are also victims of the virus.
This includes the 5-year-old daughter of two first-aiders from Detroit who died last month after the virus was diagnosed.
This includes the 5-month-old daughter of a New York firefighter who died at the end of April after spending a month in the hospital to treat the virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that many young people with coronavirus did not have serious problems, but health professionals are investigating a virus-related complication in children across the country called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children becomes.
Doctors said last week that children who may have the syndrome need immediate attention and are likely to be hospitalized.
According to experts, symptoms usually include stomach pain and vomiting as well as fever and possibly a rash.
As U.S. officials attempt to control the spread of the virus, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that he would stop entering the United States for people who had been to Brazil in the past two weeks.
“I have found that it is in the interests of the United States to take measures to restrict and suspend the entry of all foreigners who were physically present in the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14th century as immigrants or non-immigrants to the United States “Day before entering or attempting to enter the United States,” said the President’s proclamation.
According to Johns Hopkins, Brazil ranks second after the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases and has more than 363,200 infections.
At the weekend, the country recorded more than 15,000 new infections in just 24 hours.