The rising coronavirus has an increasingly serious toll across the United States, just as a vaccine seems to be close, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths a day – the highest level since the disastrous spring in and around New York City .
The total U.S. death toll has reached about 254,000, by far the largest in the world. Confirmed infections have overshadowed more than 11.8 million after the biggest one-day gain on record Thursday – nearly 188,000. And the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 hit another full-time high of more than 80,000.
As health experts are deeply afraid of Thanksgiving travel and holiday gatherings next week, it will fuel the spread of the virus, and many states and cities are imposing near-closures or other restrictions. California ordered a curfew at. 22:00 to 5 from Saturday, covering 94% of the state̵
The Texas El Paso border county, where more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 since October, advertises jobs that can lift bodies weighing 175 kg (79 kg) or more. Officials offer more than $ 27 an hour for work that is not only physically demanding but also “emotionally taxing.”
The county had already started paying incarcerated inmates $ 2 an hour to help move corpses and has ordered at least 10 refrigerated vehicles when the houses run out of space.
COVID-19 deaths in the United States are at their highest level since late May, when the Northeast was emerging from the first crisis. They peaked at about 2,200 a day in late April, when New York City was the epicenter, and corpses were loaded onto refrigerated trucks with forklifts.
Among those newly infected was President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who a spokesman said Friday has no symptoms and has been in quarantine since learning of his diagnosis earlier in the week.
Amid the dismal new statistics, Pfizer said Friday that it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine and launch a process that could make the first, limited shots available as early as next month with health workers and others. high-risk groups that are likely to be given priority.
However, it may take months for the vaccine to become widely available. Pfizer has said the vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the disease.
In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has ruled out yet another shutdown, appointing El Paso County leaders not to enforce existing restrictions. State Attorney Ken Paxton likened the county’s chief administrator to a “tyrant” after Paxton won an appeals court that prevented local leaders from closing gyms and other non-essential businesses.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, also a Republican, failed to persuade leaders of the GOP-controlled legislature to reject a bill that would limit his government’s power to deal with the crisis.
This is a bill from the Senate that prohibits the state health department from issuing mandatory quarantine orders that are enforced against people who are not ill or exposed to disease – such as. The order announced by the governor on Tuesday to set a curfew at.
DeWine said he will veto the bill when it reaches his desk. Republicans in both the House and Senate have enough votes to override the veto if they vote.
“This bill is a disaster,” DeWine said Thursday. “This is not a bill that can become law.”
In California, curfews affect 41 of the state’s 58 counties. Its impact will largely depend on voluntary compliance. Some county officials said they will not enforce the rules for people who are not on essential errands to stay home after 1 p.m.
The curfew is less severe than the near-total ban on insignificant business and travel imposed by Democratic Gavin Newsom in March, which he credited for flattening the number of COVID-19 cases.
Rocco Temasamani, who sold jewelry Friday at San Diego’s Ocean Beach, said the curfew would not do much to curb the coronavirus and would instead anger people who see it as the government’s overreach.
He believes the order will rank supporters of President Donald Trump, who are already agitated over the president’s allegations of electoral fraud, and back his hands-free approach to regulating behavior during the pandemic.
“It really, really throws gasoline on fire,” said Temasamani, who was skeptical that police would enforce the curfew.
Michael Maring, a car mechanic from El Centro, California, who was visiting San Diego, said he will obey the curfew despite his love of at. 2 on bike rides because he does not want problems with the police. Like Temasamani, he believes the authorities will be reluctant to enforce the new measure.
In Kansas, new cases have risen to an average of over 2,700 a day, nearly four times higher than a month ago.
“Our hospitals are overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. Health workers are burnt out, “Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday.
In western Kansas, the number of people seeking tests at a clinic in Kearny County doubled over the past week to about 80 a day, Drs. Lane Olson, a general practitioner.
He said nurses had to make more calls this week before the University of Kansas Hospital approx. 580 miles away in Kansas City, Kansas, agreed to take one of his coronavirus patients whose oxygen levels dropped. Then more calls were needed to find an air carrier that could fly her there.
In the capital Topeka, the emergency department at Stormont Vail Hospital has taken over a back hallway and a waiting room, where some patients have waiting hours to be moved to a regular room. The crisis has area officials considering opening a field hospital.
In Arizona, four Democratic mayors called on Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to impose a state requirement on people to wear masks in public. The move came as health officials reported more than 4,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.
Ducey’s chief of staff, Daniel Scarpinato, pushed back on the request, saying mayors are doing little to enforce their own mask ordinances or ensure that existing security measures put in place by the governor are enforced.