The United States recorded 1,237 deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of deaths from covid-19 to 88,730, according to the latest count reported Saturday by Johns Hopkins University. The country, the one most affected by the coronavirus pandemic both by number of deaths and infections, confirmed 1,466,682 cases, the Baltimore-based center reported.
New York State continues to be the most affected in the country, with more than 200,000 infected. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 come mainly from people who left their homes to shop, exercise, or socialize, rather than essential workers. "That person got infected and went to the hospital or that person got infected and went home and infected other people," Cuomo said during his daily news conference on the coronavirus outbreak.
Official data showed that the number of new cases across the state is fluctuating between 2,100 and 2,500 per day. On Saturday, the number of new cases decreased to 2,419, from 2,762 on Friday.
Cuomo said last week he put forward the theory that the new cases came from essential workers, which was "wrong." "The infection rate among essential workers is lower than the general population and these new cases come mainly from people who are not working and who are in their homes," he said.
Cuomo noted that New York is hiring thousands of workers to trace the contacts of people who tested positive for the coronavirus. Health experts argue that this type of monitoring is essential to isolate potentially contagious people in order to limit further outbreaks.
The governor decided extend quarantine in the city until May 28. The city is the American epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with more than 20,000 people dead.
The confinement in the state came to an end this Friday after two months. But not yet in the Big Apple, formerly the epicenter of economic and cultural effervescence and today the focus of the coronavirus pandemic, where it was spread.
Several non-essential businesses and industries gradually reopen in the state's five least populated regions, but In New York City, authorities fear a flare-up and its 8.6 million inhabitants face resignation to an uncertain future..
Florida prepares for reopening
The state is preparing for a further reopening starting Monday, which this time does include in a first phase Miami Dade and Broward counties, those most affected by the pandemic.
According to the Health Department, until this Saturday the cases add up to 44,811, which means 673 more than on Friday (44,138), while the number of deaths has increased by 47 in the last 24 hours to 1,917. In addition, up to 630,795 tests of COVID-19 have been carried out in the state, with a positive result of 7.1% (44,811), and there have been 8,146 hospitalizations.
Miami-Dade and Broward continue to be the counties where the impact of the coronavirus is strongest. The first has accumulated 15,190 cases and 559 deaths, and the second 6,049 cases and 278 deaths.
Those counties will enter Monday in the first of three reopening phases decreed by Governor Ron DeSantis, while the other 65 counted from Florida will enter the second. The first allows non-essential businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, museums and libraries to be opened to a quarter of their capacity and the second to half their capacity, and now adds gyms.
These reliefs to confinement, all with restrictions that allow compliance with social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus with face masks, join the opening since April of parks, marinas and golf courses in most of Florida, as well as hairdressers and salons of beauty, last week.
These guidelines require, among others, maintaining a safe distance between people of 6 feet or 1.82 meters. However, beaches continue to be closed in several cities in southeast Florida, where reopening is slower, especially in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
In the latter, even the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Doral, Hialeh and Miami Gardens will start just a first phase next Wednesday. In these five cities, retail will be open at 25% capacity with social distancing measures. Both Miami-Dade and Broward may not open bars, spas, gyms, cinemas, beaches, pools, or tattoo and massage stores.
In others such as Palm Beach, north of Broward, this Saturday the restaurant and swimming pools of President Donald Trump's private club Mar-a-Lago began operating, while the hotel and the main lounge will remain closed. In this county, where the beaches will also open from Monday, there are to date 4,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 275 deaths.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the expansion to the first phase allows gyms, libraries and museums to open with a maximum capacity of 50%. DeSantis announced that professional sports teams will be allowed to practice and start playing without fans, too. And amusement parks will now be able to present their reopening plans to the state.
Miami-Dade beaches, however, will remain closed.
Gimenez and Broward Mayor Dale Holness will coordinate on the beaches. "If we open one section of the beach and another remains closed, then we will draw a crowd and return to the situation we don't want to be in," Holness said.
Anyway, as recorded NBC, cities like Miami, Miami Beach and Doral are coordinating a slower reopening than that established in the county guidelines.
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