The number of new COVID-19 infections in many US states has increased again after a brief opening, raising concerns that the country is facing a second outbreak earlier than expected. Vice President Mike Pence ruled out the protest.
“At the present time, there is no increase in new cases after nearly two weeks since the protests broke out,” Mr. Pence said in a June 10 interview with Fox.
“Many people in the protests still wear masks and keep social distance,” the US vice president argued.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the most respected infectious disease expert in the United States, fears protests for justice for black people are ideal conditions for the virus to spread.
As of 6 am 11-6 Vietnamese time, the total number of US infections has exceeded 2 million, of which more than 115,000 have died. The total number of people recovering is over 800,000.
Earlier, nearly 30 states in the United States stopped reporting new infections and exposures after protests broke out, with nearly half of these witnessing an increase in new infections after more than a week of protests.
Eric Toner, an expert at the Johns Hopkins Health Security Center, warns that a new outbreak is scattered in many parts of the United States, especially in states that have opened their economies early. “The outbreak is still small but it will come,” Mr. Toner noted.
For example, Texas recorded 2,504 new infections on June 10, the highest in the state since the epidemic hit US territory. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in California is also at its highest level since May 13 and has been steadily increasing for the past 9/10 days.
However, according to Bloomberg News, health experts said that it is still too early to conclude that the increase of cases is related to protests or resumption of production.
Some experts say it is expected that the number of infections will increase at the opening of the economy, but whether or not the situation can be controlled depends on the size of the infection.
In New York, the most heavily influenced state of COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo has just begun to reopen by region. New York City, the epicenter of the nation, has just begun the first phase of its four-stage opening process on June 8.