Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Several U.S. states reported new record-breaking coronavirus case counts over the weekend because the nationwide demise toll from COVID-19 surpassed 140,000 and President Trump insisted once more that the virus would “disappear.”
States equivalent to Florida, California and Kentucky have been reporting report or near-record numbers of recent circumstances, and in Texas a hospital official informed NPR that funeral properties and morgues have been overflowing from the our bodies of COVID-19 victims.
Meanwhile, in a Fox News interview aired on Sunday, the president repeated an assertion he first made in late February that COVID-19 would “disappear” by itself, saying that his preliminary prediction would show appropriate.
“I’ll be right eventually,” the president stated within the interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace.
“I said it’s going to disappear. I’ll say it again: It’s going to disappear — and I’ll be right,” he stated.
Asked by Wallace if such statements “discredit” him, Trump replied: “You know why it doesn’t discredit? Because I’ve probably been right more than anybody else.”
However, there was no indication that the illness would disappear anytime quickly based mostly on a snapshot of a number of the nation’s sizzling spots. Here’s a take a look at a number of of them:
On Sunday, Florida reported 12,478 new cases, its fifth consecutive day with greater than 10,000 circumstances. That is off the height of 15,300 new infections reported lower than per week in the past, on July 12, which marked not solely a report for Florida, however broke the nationwide case-count report set by New York in early April.
The variety of COVID-19 deaths within the state for the reason that begin of the pandemic surpassed 5,000 on Saturday.
Speaking at a information convention in St. Augustine on Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis complained that headlines in regards to the report variety of circumstances have been unduly worrying Floridians.
He attributed the rising variety of circumstances to a ramping up of testing.
“It’s important to put that in context because I think a lot of people see cases I think they get really, really scared, and my message is ‘fear is our enemy,’ ” DeSantis stated. “And I think the other thing that gets missed with the cases is the sheer number of people who are testing who aren’t sick. Because I think most people see cases and they think that many people are in the hospital.”
In the previous two weeks, the entire variety of infections has gone up by 45%, whereas the variety of deaths has elevated statewide by 20%, in line with the Sacramento Bee.
Statewide, California has seen more than 7,600 deaths from COVID-19 with Southern California persevering with to guide the grim statistics.
Los Angeles County had 2,722 new optimistic outcomes Saturday for a complete of 153,014 circumstances for the reason that starting of the pandemic. Orange County reported 702 new circumstances, whereas San Diego County had 625 new optimistic outcomes, in line with the Mercury News.
Ninety-one new deaths have been reported for the state on Saturday.
Defying an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom prohibiting indoor worship providers, the Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin opened its doors on Sunday.
Pastor Greg Fairrington prayed for Newsom in a sermon on Sunday, telling his congregation that they have been engaged in a non secular battle towards the federal government for the appropriate to worship freely, in line with the Sacramento Bee.
“I believe our call is to get the church ready for an outpouring, to get the church ready for an awakening, but God is giving us right now in this moment a rude awakening before he gives us the great awakening, and for some reason God is using Destiny as a hub,” Fairrington stated.
Kentucky reported 979 new COVID-19 circumstances on Sunday, its highest-ever day by day rely. Three new deaths introduced the variety of lifeless from the illness in Kentucky to 670.
The state’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear known as the information a “wake-up call” for the state’s residents to stick to necessities to put on masks and to follow social distancing.
“This is a rough day for the commonwealth,” Beshear stated in an announcement.
“I have faith and I have trust in the people of Kentucky,” he stated. “But today and in the days ahead we’ve got to do a whole lot better. We’re going to have to take some more action.”
On Friday, the state’s COVID-19 deaths had risen by 161 – a report, in line with the Houston Chronicle, which introduced the toll for Texas to three,798.
Ken Davis, the chief medical officer of CHRISTUS hospitals in San Antonio, informed NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, “In the hospital, there are only so many places to put bodies of the loved ones, and we’re out of space.”
“So we’re looking ourselves for refrigerated trucks to put bodies and to hold them, which sounds terrible, but it’s true,” he stated.
A dramatic surge in new circumstances prior to now month has stretched hospitals and testing facilities in Georgia to their limits, in line with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The seven-day rolling common of recent circumstances is 4 instances what it was on June 15, the newspaper stories.
“It takes days to get a test and a week or more to get results,” Dr. Harry J. Heiman, a medical affiliate professor on the Georgia State University School of Public Health, was quoted by AJC as saying. “By that time, (results are) not valuable to public health. The time period in which that information would have been actionable is gone.”
Last week, Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over a requirement for individuals to put on masks in public. Kemp, whereas encouraging the usage of masks, had declined to challenge a statewide directive. Meanwhile, Bottoms and mayors of different main cities had issued their very own citywide masks necessities. Kemp’s go well with insists that his statewide order supersedes any metropolis ordinances on the matter.