The United States is facing the second wave of infection of acute respiratory infections caused by a new strain of the corona virus (Covid-19) in the context of many states reopening and protests erupting across the country.
Texas authorities on 10-6 reported 2,504 new cases of Covid-19, the highest level in a day since the Covid-19 outbreak occurred in the state. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in California is at its highest level since May 13 and has increased in recent days.
According to Reuters analysis, about 21 states recorded the number of new Covid-19 cases in the week ending July 7, up from 7 days earlier. Of these, the states of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico have an increase of 40% or more. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina saw increases of more than 30%.
The above increase contributes to bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in the US to over 2 million mark on 10-6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (USA). “There is a new wave of infection in many areas of the US. This wave is small but still coming,” Eric Toner, an expert at Johns Hopkins Health Security Center, told Bloomberg.
Reuters said that the aforementioned developments may be due to the increase in travel and business activities, entertainment gradually resumed. In addition, large protests across the United States after the death of African-American citizen George Floyd on May 25 could lead to a sharp rise in new infections over the next few weeks.
In some states, the number of new infections increases faster than the increase in SARS-CoV-2 virus tests, raising concerns about whether the disease can be contained. According to Toner, it will take several weeks to know this, but by then the response may be too late.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that states only loosen social measures after the new Covid-19 cases decrease for 14 days daily. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia met this criteria in the week ending June 7, compared with 13 states in the previous week.