After the presidential-election hour, Joseph R. After Biden Jr. announced the top priority to the coronaires, the intensity of his act became clear on Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and hit the worst of the worst chapter yet. Can be made. Epidemic.
The rate of new cases is increasing, and for the first time the United States averages over 100,000 a day, with more virus cases reported than any other country. A surprising number of Americans – one in 441 – have tested positive for the virus in the past week.
With 29 states setting weekly case records, the virus is growing in more than half the country. Nationwide, the number of hospitalizations has almost doubled since mid-September, and deaths are gradually increasing again, leading to some new interventions to prevent the outbreak.
The nation’s deteriorating outlook comes at an extremely difficult turn: President Trump, who remains in office until January, is openly Unfavorable With its own coronavirus advisors and winters, when the infection is only expected to spread rapidly, is coming.
In A winning speech on saturday night, Mr Biden said he was quickly focusing his attention on the epidemic, including plans to announce a task force of coronovirus advisors on Monday.
But he faces a nation divided by masked regulations and trade-offs, even with experts saying the situation could worsen further before the new administration begins in late January.
In the White House, Mr. Trump largely shut down the Coronovirus Task Force, asserting without evidence that the nation was “rounding the corner” in the fight against the virus, and Suggested he could set fire The government’s top infectious disease specialist, Drs. Anthony S. Fauci. In the days before and after Election Day, six White House assistants and one top campaign adviser Tested positive.
All this comes in the form of cold weather and will force more people indoors; More students return home after the college semester ends; And as gatherings for Thanksgiving, new outbreaks are threatened to sow for Christmas and other holidays.
Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, Drs. “I see it as a very uncertain moment,” said Ashish K. Jha, who said the Trump administration had “basically thrown in the towel” in an attempt to control the epidemic. , While Mr. Biden and his team have nothing but “moral strength and social power” until 20 January.
“Without significant action,” Dr. “The idea that we have another 100,000 deaths by inauguration day would be a conservative estimate,” Jha said.