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Rising virus totals force rethink of bars, schools, tourism


Rising virus totals force rethink of bars, schools, tourism

HOUSTON — The coronavirus kept surging in hot spots around the U.S. on Thursday, with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission, a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel and morgues running out of space in Phoenix. Record numbers of confirmed infections and deaths emerged again in states…

Rising virus totals force rethink of bars, schools, tourism

The coronavirus kept rising in hot spots around the U.S. on Thursday, with one city in South Carolina advising individuals to hope it into submission, a health center in Texas generating military medical personnel and morgues running out of area in Phoenix.

Record varieties of validated infections and deaths emerged once again in states in the South and West, with health centers extended to the verge and worries worldwide that the pandemic’s resurgence is only beginning.

Texas reported 10,000 brand-new cases for the third straight day and 129 extra deaths. The state has seen a 3rd of its more than 3,400 overall COVID-19 deaths in the very first two weeks of July alone.

Florida reached another threatening record, with 156 virus deaths, and health authorities reported a staggering 13,965 brand-new cases.

South Carolina confirmed 69 deaths, more than double any other day. In Louisiana, where officials believed they had contained the virus earlier this year just to become a location again, it’s balanced more than 2,000 brand-new validated infections a day over the past week.

A lot of the governors leading states with the highest rising numbers had declined to mandate masks in public or avoided local authorities doing so. While a number of them have reversed course– including Arkansas’ Republican guv– and a minimum of 25 states now have mask rules, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp prohibited cities and counties from needing face coverings and after that sued Atlanta to avoid the city from defying his order.

Georgia’s capital and 14 other cities had actually purchased masks be used, however the Republican governor has maintained that no regional instruction can be basically restrictive than his statewide requireds.

” How can we take care of our regional requirements when our state ties our hands behind our back and then says, ‘Overlook the recommendations of specialists?'” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson told press reporters. He later on included: “If you don’t desire to secure us, then permit us the chance to protect ourselves.”

Arizona, on the other hand, has actually been so hard struck by the infection, the medical examiner’s workplace in city Phoenix has actually gotten portable storage coolers and bought more to handle an increase of bodies– reminiscent of New york city City at the height of the pandemic there earlier this year.

The Arizona company’s routine morgue storage was 63%complete Thursday. Marcy Flanagan, executive director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, stated lots of funeral houses are at capacity and unable to accept more bodies.

In Texas, the increasing numbers are striking big cities like Houston along with smaller neighborhoods along the Mexico border. This month, Hidalgo County, about 220 miles (354 kilometers) south of San Antonio on the border, has actually reported more deaths than Houston’s Harris County.

Dr. Ivan Melendez, Hidalgo County’s public health authority, stated it’s not unusual for the body of a COVID-19 client to lay on a stretcher for 10 hours prior to it can be eliminated in the overcrowded health centers where extensive care space is running short.

” Prior to someone gets a bed in the COVID ICU unit, someone has to pass away there,” Melendez said.

Somewhere else in the second-largest state, health officials in San Antonio likewise relied on refrigerated trailers to keep the dead, and soldiers prepared to take over a COVID-19 wing of a Houston healthcare facility.

An 86- person Army team of medical professionals, nurses and support staff was setting up a nursing station at United Memorial Medical Center and anticipated to begin treating up to 40 patients in the coming days.

A few of the soldiers from around the nation wore their uniforms. Others used scrubs affixed with strips of surgical tape that had their ranks, names and medical titles.

” This center, working with the United States military, is something that we asked for,” stated U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat, standing near the soldiers as they worked. “We have exhausted medical workers that we’re so grateful to, but we didn’t have enough.”

In South Carolina, where the coronavirus crisis was deepening, the mayor of Charleston asked for spiritual help.

” We do turn to God at a time like this,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said.

Declaring a day of prayer and remembrance in what for centuries has been nicknamed the Holy City for the number of church steeples dotting its colonial horizon, Tecklenburg was surrounded by pastors of various faiths who hoped for the dead, the ill, their households, healthcare workers, scientists seeking a vaccine and political leaders.

Charleston is among the greatest hot areas in a state that’s amongst the worst in the country for the rate of new cases. South Carolina is a microcosm of how the infection has actually been playing out in the U.S. the previous couple of months. Almost 39%of the more than 62,000 recognized cases in the state have been diagnosed in the past two weeks.

South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly every day this month. The 69 deaths reported Thursday pushed it well past 1,000 people eliminated by the virus, the 25 th state to cross that mournful threshold.

More than 13.5 million infections have been verified around the world and over 588,000 have passed away, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The numbers are likely higher for a number of reasons, including restricted testing.

In other places all over the world:

— Brazil’s health ministry reported that the nation had actually passed 2 million validated infections and 76,000 deaths. Since late May, Brazil has actually recorded more than 1,000 everyday deaths typically in a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward.

— With Europe’s summer holiday season kicking into high gear for millions tired of months of lockdown, scenes of drunken British and German travelers on Spain’s Mallorca island overlooking social distancing guidelines and reports of American visitors flouting quarantine procedures in Ireland raised worries of a resurgence of infections.

— In France, which has actually seen new outbreaks, Prime Minister Jean Castex stated masks would be necessary in closed public places as of next week– quicker than Aug. 1 as previously announced.

— India’s record day-to-day boost of almost 32,700 cases pressed its overall near 1 million and led authorities to reimpose a three-day lockdown and nighttime curfew in the popular western beach state of Goa, two weeks after it was reopened to tourists.


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Parra reported from Madrid and Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. Associated Press press reporters worldwide added to this report.


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