Mickey, Minnie and Goofy get back to work on Saturday while Disney World is pushing ahead with reopening plans, even though Florida continues to record nearly new coronavirus cases.
The 11,433 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday were the largest daily surge in the state since July 3 when 11,458 cases were registered. In addition, the State Health Department reported 435 additional hospitalizations – the largest increase in the state in one day.
Florida reported 93 additional deaths on Friday, bringing the nationwide number of COVID 19 deaths to over 4,1
Dr. Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, told Variety that the reopening of Disney World was a “terrible idea”.
“There are several hospitals in Florida that are running out of beds. Health workers are warning that there will not be enough ventilators and rooms, and state cases are breaking new records every day,” said Rimoin. “In my opinion, pushing ahead with the reopening is a disaster.”
As early as April, Disney had 100,000 employees in theme parks and hotels, including performers who played the popular Walt Disney characters in Florida and elsewhere.
The move to enable people to return to the magical kingdom comes as COVID-19 seems to increase the daily number of fatalities across the country, according to gloomy new NBC news on Friday.
According to the numbers, 1,021 new deaths were reported nationwide on Thursday, most since June 30.
At 120, Florida was one of the five states in which more than half of the deaths reported on Thursday were recorded. This was the result of an analysis by NBC News.
The other states that reported the most COVID-19 deaths were New Jersey at 142, California at 131, Texas at 111, and Arizona at 75. In addition, 19 states have seen their two-week deaths increase by more than 20 in the past two years Percent recorded two weeks.
Meanwhile, the United States appears to have set another unwanted record with more than 63,200 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, reports Johns Hopkins University.
This bleak new number is higher than 56,667 new cases that NBC News, which has created its own list of new cases and deaths since the pandemic began, on Friday.
But all of that terrible arithmetic was another reminder that the plague that President Donald Trump had predicted a week ago would “just go away” is continuing to spread rapidly, especially in states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona, which reopened prematurely and now pay a high price.
“We live in the perfect storm,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a Financial Times interview released on Friday.
“I think we have to recognize that some states have jumped ahead of themselves,” said Fauci. “Other countries did it right.” But the citizens did not listen to the guidelines and decided to stay in bars and go to crowds and celebrations. “
The Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, repeated Fauci in an interview with Stephanie Ruhle from MSNBC.
“People seem to have forgotten that COVID is an integral part of our presence,” said Lightfoot.
In other developments:
- In Arizona, where 2,038 more deaths and 112,671 new cases were reported on Thursday, the morgue in Phoenix filled with corpses, so fast officials in refrigerated trailers carry trucks to store more corpses. “So the Abrazo Health Care system has run out of morgue beds and the county is getting refrigerated trucks,” said Mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego on MSNBC.
- In an all too rare, rare show of non-partisanism, Democrat Andy Beshear, governor of Kentucky, praised Republican Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sets a good example and wears a mask in public appearances. “He’s talking about wearing a mask, and I’m really grateful for that,” Beshear said on MSNBC. “He does it in public, and I’m really grateful for that. It shows that wearing a mask is not political at all.” Beshear’s mask mandate for Kentucky comes into effect on Friday evening. Mask wear was heavily politicized, and many Trump supporters followed his lead and refused to wear them in public.
- In Alabama, another state where the number of cases has risen rapidly, the Senate chair became enthusiastic because he said it would be a good thing if more people caught COVID-19. “Honestly, I want to see more people because we have immunity if more people have it and get through,” said Republican Pro Tem Del Marsh in the Senate.
Herd immunity has been advocated by a number of Republican politicians who argue that blocking coronaviruses was too stringent. But most scientists say there is little evidence that it works. And Sweden, a nation of 10 million where this was the strategy, has seen 5,500 deaths. Sweden now has 55 cases per 100,000 people compared to the United States, which has 41 per 100,000 people, according to a NBC News calculation.
Meanwhile, Texas was preparing for more pain. The state of Lone Star has reported 239,657 cases and 3,102 deaths, according to NBC News on Thursday.
“I have to tell you, I think the numbers will be worse next week,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told KRIV-TV in Houston on Thursday.
Abbott, an ally of the Republicans and Trumps, has struggled to reopen Texas for business as the number of coronavirus cases begins to grow and has not previously insisted that local authorities comply with federal headquarters security recommendations for disease control and prevention, e.g. B. wearing masks in public places.
Texas needs to reintroduce another stay at home, said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat whose district includes severely affected Houston, said on Friday.
“We opened a government here in Texas too quickly,” Lee told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “It was May 1st. We hadn’t followed the CDC guidelines. Sure we’re working as a team now. I appreciate what the state government is trying to do, Andrea, but we have 10,000 people in hospital beds this week. We do it every day people die. “
New cases in Texas include two stand-up comedians, Bryan Callen and Brendan Schaub, who tested positive for COVID-19 after appearing at a San Antonio club last month.
“We should probably let everyone know that Brendan and I did everything wrong in Texas,” said Callen on her podcast, “The Fighter and the Kid.” “We didn’t practice social distancing, we got up in front of 350 people laughing and yelling at us, and when we got off the stage we didn’t change the microphones.”