All states are applying restrictions. It’s because Thanksgiving is coming up, and they fear the outbreak will get even worse.
From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the United States are tightening restrictions due to coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that is almost a fact that will get worse due to travel and family gatherings on the occasion of the Thanksgiving Day.
The authorities are closing deals or limiting the hours of operations, and order or implore the population stay at home and maintain social distancing to help stop a wave of infections that threatens bypass the system healthcare provider in the country.
“I have to pull the reins again,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday when rreduce from 25 to 10 the maximum number of people allowed in indoor meetings. “It doesn’t make me happy,” he admitted.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will apply the “emergency brakes” to plans to resume economic activities because the state is registering its greatest growth cases to date, which, if left unattended, will have “catastrophic results.” The measure means the closure of many non-essential business indoors and requires the use of face masks outside the home, with limited exceptions.
Moderna Inc. announced Monday that its experimental coronavirus vaccine appears to be more than 94% effective, based on preliminary results. A week ago, Pfizer revealed similar results with its own formula.
The news raised hope that at least two COVID-19 vaccines could get an emergency clearance and be available in the United States before the end of 2020.
A record number of approximately 70,000 people were hospitalized for coronavirus in the United States on Sunday, 13,000 more than a week earlier, according to The COVID Tracking Project (COVID Tracking Project). Deaths in the United States are registering at an average higher than 1,100 daily, an increase of more than 50% compared to the beginning of October.
The virus has caused more than 246,000 deaths and more than 11 million confirmed infections in the United States.
Leaders across the country had Thanksgiving in mind when enacting tougher restrictions amid fears that the holiday would translate into an increase in infections.
“We really don’t want to see Mom on Thanksgiving and bury her at Christmas,” said Dr. Mark Horne, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, after the governor extended the mask order to more counties on Monday. “That’s going to happen. They’ll say ‘Hello’ on Thanksgiving, ‘it was nice to see you’ and then they’ll have to visit her or have a video call in the intensive care unit or plan a little funeral before Christmas. “
In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order to confine herself to home went into effect Monday. Only businesses considered essential, such as warehouses and pharmacies, will be open.
The governor of Washington, Democrat Jay Inslee, ordered the closure of gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums and zoos. Stores must limit their capacity to 25%.
People who do not share a home will have forbidden to meet in Washington state, unless they have been quarantined. There is no mechanism to monitor compliance with the measure. Inslee said she expects people to follow through.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on residents of the nation’s third-largest city to limit their meetings to a maximum of 10 people starting Monday. In his instructions, which are not mandatory, he urged residents to stay home except for essential activities, such as go to work or buy food.
Philadelphia has banned indoor restaurant service and indoor gatherings of any size, public or private, between people who do not live under the same roof, effective Friday.
In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned that, if necessary, she has the authority to issue a second lockdown order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and that President Donald Trump’s scientific adviser Scott Atlas was “incredibly reckless. ” when calling the population to get up” against the most recent restrictions in the state.