San Antonio – Texas was ranked second with California as the most affirmed state Corona Virus The latest NBC news numbers on Monday showed cases since the start of the epidemic.
The Lone Star State has reported 910,124 cases since the start of the epidemic while California, which has led the country in this distressing category for months, has recorded 909,161. According to the outcome.
While the numbers were fluctuating and California could regain the lead, the number of new cases in Texas has increased by 19 percent over the past two weeks, compared to 15 percent in California.
But if Texas were an independent country, it would rank ninth in the world in terms of the total number of cases – just ahead of Mexico, its southern neighbor, which has a population of 891,160, according to Johns Hopkins Covid-19 dashboard.
The troubling development comes as Election Day approaches a little over a week later, and with Texas, once a reliable Republican stronghold, suddenly emerges in the latest polls that show President Donald Trump is only slightly ahead of rival Joe Biden.
Trump who Chances of re-election were jeopardized Through his administration’s heavily criticized response to the crisis that infected 8.7 million in the United States and killed more than 226,000, he has already said that Do not plan to campaign in the country this week.
In other coronavirus news:
- Democrats urged Vice President Mike Pence Failure to attend the Supreme Court’s confirmation vote in favor Amy Connie Barrett After five of his aides, including his chief of staff and his chief political advisor, tested positive for Covid-19. A spokeswoman for Pence, who tested negative, confirmed that he was not expected to lead Barrett’s confirmation.
- The White House has announced that a face covering will be required at Barrett’s right-wing performance and anyone “very close” to Trump, who has reportedly recovered from a Covid-19 infection, will be pre-tested, NBC News has confirmed. There were no such requirements at last month’s Rose Garden party to introduce Barrett, which he later turned into “Superspreader event.”
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s largest and frequent infectious disease expert Trump’s goalBooks in Prof. Editorial JAMA For people to wear masks while speaking. He wrote: “Respiratory droplets are not only produced by coughing and sneezing, but also when speaking and simply breathing. Therefore, the common practice of removing the mask when speaking is not recommended.”
- In Europe, which was hit by a second wave of cases of Coronavirus, France set a record 52,010 new infections in the past 24 hours, and Spain declared a new state of emergency to try to curb the rise in Covid-19 numbers.
- Overrun Colombia One million confirmed cases of coronavirus Over the weekend, becoming the latest country in Latin America to report this figure in less than a week. Argentina I reached that dark mark earlier. Brazil It ranks third after the United States and India 5.4 million cases.
- Stocks decreased sharply On Wall Street Hopes for a new round of financial aid to help millions of Americans who have been left unemployed by the pandemic have dashed.
- Almost since the beginning of the epidemic 190,000 health care workers Covid-19 case was found and 767 died, according to a new report from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a flurry of tweets early in the morning, Trump insisted falsely again Monday more testing is the reason for the dramatic spike in new cases.
He also contested the admission of White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sunday that the Trump administration would not be able to “Control of the epidemic.”
And as he has done since the first cases were reported in the US in February, Trump has continued to contradict public health experts and insist again that the crisis will soon be over.
“We’re doing a great job,” Trump said on his way to a campaign halt in Pennsylvania. “We’re totally near the corner.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern made the point in an interview with Fox News.
“People are not dying from this disease at the rate they used to,” Morgenstern said. “We know how to isolate the vulnerable. We know how to deal with people, often in an outpatient setting. So the risks are not what they used to be.”
It was a different story El Paso, TexasWhere there has been a 200 percent increase in hospitalization cases, as the conference center has been converted into a field hospital, and where residents have been urged to stay at home over the next two weeks.
“If we continue this trend, we risk adverse effects to the entire healthcare system,” said city public health director Angela Mora. “For the sake of those in the hospital and the frontline healthcare workers who work tirelessly every day to take care of them, we ask that you please stay home for two weeks and eliminate your interactions with those outside your family so that we can flatten the curve.”
Dr. Armando Meza, who works at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, said that while the city saw some case spikes early on, they felt they had largely avoided the bullet of the pandemic. He said they spent most of the summer advising medical professionals across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
“The dynamic has completely changed. Hopefully with curfews, if we can stop this, I think this will be an important lesson for society, for all of us, we should never lower our caution and be careful,” Meza told NBC News.
Healthcare worker Angelica Martinez lost her husband’s 67-year-old sister in late August to Covid-19. She told NBC News that seeing El Paso hospitals once again flooded with coronavirus patients filled them with a mixture of emotions.
“Part of it is just a feeling of sadness, some of it is fear, and some of it is a feeling of empathy for my former colleagues in the healthcare community,” she said. “They were criticized.”
Martinez, the former executive director of a multidisciplinary physician clinic, said she knows at least 10 other people with Covid-19, and said she was surprised that people still insisted on gathering, not wearing masks and going out.
My family is used to gathering at my home on Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I wouldn’t violate basic public health protocols just to indulge in this behavior, ”Martinez said.
On the ground in Houston, doctors have been preparing for another wave of new cases.
“We’re seeing a slow and steady increase across the city,” said Dr. Linda Yancy, an infectious disease specialist at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Houston Chronicle. “This may be due to a combination of factors. First of all, the cold weather is finally hitting and forcing people to be indoors a lot. We know this virus spreads easily indoors. Restaurants are starting to open more, and they are great places to spread the virus.” .
Texas is one of 42 states (plus Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands) across the United States that have seen a worrying increase in coronavirus cases over the past 14 days, according to NBC News stats.
It is also one of the countries that began lifting lockdowns in May, at Trump’s request and to the annoyance of public health experts, just as Covid-19 was culminating in the South and Sun Belt.
NBC News statistics show that most cases in Texas – and 18,020 deaths – were reported after Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican and Trump ally, reopened the state.
Since then, it has re-imposed some restrictions on bars and restaurants to tame the pandemic while continuing to reopen schools and other parts of the economy.
In July, when faced with a spike in new cases, Abbott reluctantly reversed course Give an order This requires “all Texans to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth in public places in counties with 20 or more cases of Covid-19 virus.”
As of Monday, Texas had an average of 8.87 percent of positive Covid-19 tests, according to John Hopkins Tables. By contrast, California was 3.43 percent.
The World Health Organization advises governments to maintain a positive test rate of 5 percent or less for 14 days before reopening.
The Gamboa report provided reports from San Antonio, Chioia in New York City, and Simasco in Montclair, New Jersey.