Crowds packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana over the weekend, many without masks & not observing social distancing. as officials warn of another surge of coronavirus cases.
In Missouri, hundreds attended a pool party just days after a similar party in Arkansas caused a cluster of new coronavirus cases.
Arkansas’ governor said the state is now experiencing a “second peak.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday,
“You tell me how people act today, I will tell you the infection rate three days from now.”
Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the FDA tweeted,
“With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all.”
In Houston, the mayor said authorities will begin enforcing capacity limits for bars and restaurants after the city received hundreds of complaints alleging violations. Mayor Sylvester Turner said,
“The reality is that there are too many people who are coming together.
No social distancing, no mask. And then after this Memorial Day weekend is over they’re going to be on somebody’s job or in close proximity to somebody else.”
So far, infections in the country top 1,643,000 and deaths inch closer to 100,000.
According to CNN,
- North Carolina recorded its highest single-day surge of new cases over the weekend and parts of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and other states are still seeing a high number of infections
- Until this weekend, Washington recorded 11 days of declining community spread of the coronavirus. The city said 14 days of decline were needed before they moved to reopen. Sunday would have been the 13th day of decline — but instead there was a small spike over the last two days.
- In Georgia, one of the first states to begin reopening, officials reported Sunday the state’s youngest coronavirus death.The victim was a 17-year-old boy, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The boy had underlying medical conditions. The department didn’t offer any further details.
US Ban Travelers from Brazil
Trump announced Sunday he was suspending travel into the US for people who had been to Brazil within the past two weeks.
“I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”
Anyone who has been in Brazil in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the US, the Trump administration announced last night. Brazil is the second most infected country in the world, behind the US.
The country’s President Jair Bolsonaro is starting to feel the heat after repeatedly downplaying the danger of the virus. He was called “killer” and “trash” by an angry crowd while getting food in Brasilia on Saturday.
Arthur Virgilio Neto, mayor of Manaus, one of Brazil’s worst coronavirus-hit towns, told CNN that Bolsonaro’s rhetoric is “co-responsible” for the nation’s deaths, and that the President should both resign and
“shut up and stay at home.”
Yeah, we hear you. We feel the same way about ours…
(Photos, screen grab; via CNN)