New York, which for weeks was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, is beginning to return to normalcy on its streets, with the reopening of terraces and shops, as phase three of the de-escalation planned by the authorities for July 6 approaches. A reopening that is being experienced very differently in other parts of the country, where an alarming number of infections were recorded this week.
Far from slowing down the curve, the country has this week reached a new record of almost 40,000 people testing positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with special concern in large states such as California, Texas and Florida, according to data collected on the website ‘Covid Tracking Project’ which tracks daily statistics on the spread of the virus.
In the case of Florida, with 5,000 positives in a single day this Thursday, the use of masks in public spaces is still not obligatory, but given the increase in cases that have been registered in recent weeks, cities like Miami have already approved a municipal ordinance to force the population to wear them and which contemplates fines of between 50 and 500 dollars for those who do not comply with the regulations.
In the state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has been forced to halt the reopening after contagion spread. As of Friday, all bars will be closed again, and as of Monday, restaurants will only be able to open at 50 percent of their capacity. “These actions are essential to contain the virus,” admitted the Republican leader, who until now had been one of the strongest advocates of economic revival.
Meanwhile, in California, state authorities have once again asked the population not only to use the masks in public and to maintain the distances recommended by the experts, but also to avoid going out into the street as much as possible. For the moment, these are still recommendations, but Governor Gavin Newson has warned that if the number of cases continues to grow, he will once again impose the forced restrictions he lifted in May.