HOUSTON | Faces, as several of her neighbors to a spike in cases of coronavirus, Texas was suspended on Thursday its process of déconfinement current, a change of attitude toward the virus in a State up here, singer of the reopening.
In the large southern State of the United States, the bar 5 000 new cases were taken on two consecutive days (5 996 cases reported Thursday, a new record) and hospital admissions have more than doubled in two weeks, from 2, 008 June 11 at 4 389 on Thursday.
The positivity rate is now of 11.76 %. In may, the governor of Texas Greg Abbott had declared during a press conference: “If the positivity rate exceeds 10 %, it is one of the warning signals which we will pay attention “.
Texas is one of the first u.s. States to have re-opened its economy. As soon as the 1st of may, restaurants, shopping centers and stores were able to reopen at a reduced capacity. Bars, hair salons and beauty care had followed suit in the following weeks.
“As a State, the last thing we want is to go back in and close the shops “, said on Thursday Greg Abbott, but ” this temporary pause will help our State to contain the spread “.
A measure that will not affect the current open restaurants, to 75 % of their capacity nor bars, which are open to 50 %.
The republican governor of Texas has asked these last few days the inhabitants to respect the rules of social distancing and the wearing of masks, that he has never made compulsory.
To ensure ” a sufficient number of beds available to treat patients with Covid-19 “, the governor of Texas has also paused from Friday surgeries are not essential in large cities such as Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
For the professor of public health at Harvard’s Barry Bloom, who was interviewed by AFP on Thursday at a briefing with journalists, it may be that Texas ” would have to close some of the things that they had reopened “, ” a choice unpalatable for a government of a political point of view “.
The Texas Medical Center (TMC), a medical institution in Houston, has announced on its website that the beds in its intensive care units had reached 100% of capacity, a first since the month of march. Twenty-eight percent of these beds are occupied by patients with Covid-19.
“Just as dangerous “
Between 5% and 8% of the u.s. population has been infected with the coronavirus causing the Covid-19, estimated on Thursday u.s. health authorities. More than nine Americans in ten are therefore likely to be contaminated and the pandemic is far from being eradicated in the country, especially in the Southern States and the West.
Texas, Arizona, Florida and California, have taken over the North-eastern United States and appear at their round numbers increased sharply, pushing the local authorities to change their attitude to the virus.
At 20 h, the country had over 37 000 newly diagnosed cases and 692 deaths for the day Thursday, according to the figures of the Centres for prevention and disease control (CDC).
The democratic governor of Nevada Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday make the mask mandatory in all public spaces, including the Las Vegas casinos that have reopened at the beginning of June.
The Florida tourist and republican also reported Wednesday, a new record for new infections (5 508). Since Tuesday, the mask-wearing has been made mandatory in the great seaside city of Miami, and a dozen of cities in the region.
The mayor, democrat of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said he is “concerned” about the situation Thursday on a tv tray, indicating that 40 % of new cases were in people between the ages of 18 to 40 years.
“This virus is just as dangerous today as when it appeared “, he said, ” it is in our exhaustion, he attacks when we become lazy, when we are divided. “
The total number of infections diagnosed on american soil is about 2.4 million.