As the US attempts to open up the country, coronavirus is spiking once again, prompting governors and mayors around the nation to undertake immediate restrictive steps toward quelling the resurgence of COVID-19.
Florida saw its COVID-19 cases skyrocket to 3207 on Thursday, the highest number of coronavirus is in a single day in the sunshine state. The cases broke the previous record set only two days earlier at 2783, The Hill reported.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) attributed the rise to an increase in testing across the state, as well as to residents and employees of nursing homes and farmworkers. DeSantis did not advise or implement any changes due to the rising number of cases.
However, individual mayors around the state vowed to take stricter enforcement actions, CNN reported. Some health experts believe Florida will become the next epicenter.
New York Gov. Cuomo announced on Thursday, that he is considering imposing a quarantine on travelers arriving in New York from states like Florida, CNBC reported.
The move comes amid increasing spike in of coronavirus cases in Florida, where records were topped twice this week and have been rising since June 8.
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Cuomo said, “but I have had experts advise me of that. It is a real concern.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a statewide order on Thursday requiring most people to wear masks in most indoor settings and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible.
“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”
A number of states already have similar policies including including Michigan, New York, Maine, Delaware and Maryland, NBC reported.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) advocated his support on Thursday for the new California measure requiring residents to wear masks outside of their homes.
The actor famous for quotable catchphrases in his movie roles made another memorable quote about wearing masks: “Anyone making it a political issue is an absolute moron who can’t read.”
“Hasta la vista, baby.”
America’s top infectious disease expert, Doctor Anthony Fauci, a member of the US Coronavirus Task Force, spoke out about one of the biggest problems plaguing the effort to rein in the coronavirus pandemic – many Americans don’t want to believe the science.
“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are – for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable – they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci said during the US Department of Health and Human Services’ podcast “Learning Curve” on Wednesday, CNN reported.
“So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who’s talking about science, that there are some people who just don’t believe that – and that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth.”