Vice President Mike Pence argued Tuesday that “panic is overblown” surrounding the chance of a second wave of COVID-19 regardless of fears of a resurgence of the virus that shuttered the financial system and killed greater than 100,000 Individuals.
“In recent days, the media has taken to sounding the alarm bells over a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections. Such panic is overblown,” Pence wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. “Lost in the coverage is the fact that today less than 6 percent of Americans tested each week are found to have the virus.”
The vp famous “more than half” of the states are seeing case numbers decline or stay secure.
He added that day by day infections within the U.S. have been dropping to a median of 20,000, down from 30,000 per day in April and 25,000 in Might. Pence, the chief of the White Home coronavirus job power, famous that deaths have been right down to a median of 750 per day, down from 2,500 per day a few weeks in the past. He stated the U.S. is now performing roughly 500,000 coronavirus checks per day.
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Pence stated the U.S. is funding analysis into a number of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and “we are well on our way to having a viable vaccine by the fall.”
“The media has tried to scare the American people every step of the way, and these grim predictions of a second wave are no different,” the vp wrote. “We’ve slowed the spread, we’ve cared for the most vulnerable, we’ve saved lives, and we’ve created a solid foundation for whatever challenges we may face in the future. That’s a cause for celebration, not the media’s fear-mongering.”
Thus far, the U.S. has confronted greater than 2.1 million coronavirus infections and 116,000 deaths.
Fears of a second wave of the pandemic have circulated not solely as states start to reopen but additionally as tens of 1000’s took to the streets in shut proximity to protest the demise of George Floyd.
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Issues have been expressed by critics after President Trump introduced his first rally because the begin of the lockdowns might be held in Tulsa, Okla., this Saturday. Trump allies slammed critics within the media who expressed considerations concerning the rally however not concerning the ongoing protests. The Trump marketing campaign promised to take crucial precautions, giving temperature checks and distributing masks and hand sanitizer to rally attendees.
A quantity of states, comparable to Florida and Texas, have discovered file numbers of new coronavirus circumstances up to now few weeks. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina all had file numbers of new circumstances this week, although the vp would attribute the spike to a rise in testing.
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A handful of states have seen a sizable enhance in hospitalizations, however a majority, 37, have continued on a downward development. 5 states have maintained flat hospitalization charges, in line with the Covid Tracking Project.