Shred Corona Virus Cases across the United States are at their highest since Epidemic Cold weather has started, causing experts to worry about more people gathering indoors for the holidays. Rulers In many states, lockdown measures are reinstated to stop the spread of the virus.
The lockdowns include some of the most draconian measures earlier this year, which imposed severe restrictions on where Americans can go, how they can worship, and even who they can see.
Washington bans wake-up parties and funerals, and funerals for 30 people. It also requires youth sports to only exercise within a team where masks are imposed “at all times”.
Oregon bans indoor gatherings of more than six people from more than two families.
Michigan has called for a halt to in-person classes for high school and colleges, and gatherings, including Thanksgiving, are restricted to people from only two families.
Many countries are mandating telecommuting as much as possible, bringing back a feature from the early stages of the pandemic.
“To our workers and companies – I know this is painful. We are not underestimating the effect of these restrictions,” said the Washington governor. Jay Inslee said about his state order. But this is very clear: we cannot enjoy a full economic recovery before we get this virus under control.
The requests come after the summer and fall, which saw many measures lifted, supporting the economy as the epidemic continues and many Americans are tired of staying home. Some have called this phenomenon “epidemic fatigue.”
However, some oppose the lockdowns, saying they do more harm than good.
“Divorcees at lockdown think those of us are not stupid,” said Bethany Mandel, editor at Ricochet. “They don’t believe in the virus.” “I believe in it. I know dozens of people who have been infected with it. I realize the danger. I will not destroy our society or hide inside for more than a year because I am afraid of it.”
Meanwhile, a light appeared at the end of the tunnel with a major advance in the vaccine after Moderna announced on Monday that the candidate COVID-19 vaccine is more than 94% effective. The news comes a week after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their candidate vaccine is more than 90% effective.
Moncef Al-Salawi, head of Operation Warp Speed, said at a press conference on Friday in the Rose Garden that some Americans might start getting the vaccine in December. But even then, the virus will likely continue to spread until most Americans can be vaccinated.
On Sunday the state of Michigan State. Gretchen Whitmer, who earlier this year was one of the most aggressive rulers in instituting lockdown measures, has reinstated some key elements of previous lockdowns, including stopping personal education.
“The situation has never been more dangerous. We are on the edge of an abyss and we need to take some measures,” Whitmire said He said.
High schools and colleges may not offer classes in Michigan. Eating must stop at restaurants, which were previously limited to half capacity. Gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
The ice rinks, arcades, bowling alleys, and organized sports are also required, as well as some professional sports and some college-level athletics.
One feature of early shutdown measures is that workplaces have to move to remote work when they are able to.
Whitmire said in a tweet on Twitter: “In the spring, we listened to public health experts and saved thousands of lives together.” “Personally, I ask each of you to direct the same energy and do everything in their power to protect our communities from this virus and save lives again.”
Also in the Midwest, North Dakota Gov. Doug Borghum mandated state persuasion and partial lockdown. For months, Borgum, even as cases soared in his state and experts called for more action, had resisted such mandates while encouraging personal responsibility and citizens to “know the reason” for wearing masks.
“Our situation has changed and we have to change with it,” Burgum said in a video address released late Friday evening. “To be clear, these are statewide requirements, and not just recommendations.”
Among the requirements for an enforceable mask mandate with an unspecified penalty for “offense” are a 10 pm curfew for dining and bars in person, a 25% capacity for event venues and a suspension of high school winter sports.
Some in the state said these measures were long overdue.
“I want to congratulate the governor for making the right decision. I know there are multiple interests in making that decision and it wasn’t easy,” said Cathy Anderson, president of the North Dakota American Academy of Pediatrics. KX News.
Across the country, New Mexico and Oregon have also instituted closures.
New Mexico State Michelle Logan Gresham Closed statewide Personal services for non-essential activities as of November 16. It will last for two weeks, although it may be extended.
“The hospital admissions COVID-19 in New Mexico have again reached a frightening record high of 506,” Grisham said in a tweet Sunday. “The two-week reset will go into effect tomorrow. Please do everything in your power to prevent further disease and save lives. Stay home – if you have to go out, please wear your mask.”
Oregon Kate Brown Issue a similar command, Called a “two-week freeze.” Beginning November 18, most indoor facilities, such as gyms and restaurants, will be closed, and indoor capacity for basic services such as grocery stores and pharmacies will be limited.
Indoor gatherings are also limited to six people from a maximum of two families, and religious services are limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
Oregon companies should also require working from home “to the extent possible”.
“This situation is dangerous and our hospitals are ringing the alarm. It comes into effect Wednesday,” Brown said in a press release last week of the measures that would “want to give Oregon a fighting chance, we must take more measures to flatten the curve and save lives.”
Ensley also took more action in Washington.
“Today is the most dangerous public health day in the past 100 years in our state’s history. An epidemic is rampant in Washington. Today we are taking measures to stop it,” the Washington governor said.
Washington’s restrictions come into effect on Monday, banning all personal gatherings with people outside the family, limiting outdoor gatherings to five when they involve members of different families, and prohibiting indoor catering and religious gatherings with a capacity of 25% or 200 people, whichever is the Less “.
Washington also bans funeral receptions and wake-ups, while bans funeral ceremonies for 30 people. Washington companies should enforce home work policies. Youth sports are banned except for outdoor practices, where “all coaches, volunteers and athletes must be covered at all times”.
New York and New Jersey It also recently implemented a curfew for restaurants and bars at 10pm
New Jersey. Phil Murphy He said Monday Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, up from 25, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people, down from 500.
And last week, the governor of Maryland. Larry Hogan tightened restrictions in his state, again requiring remote work for state employees, limiting indoor dining to 50% and covering indoor gatherings at 25 people.
“Since last week, most of our key metrics have deteriorated significantly,” Hogan said in a statement. “More people are getting the virus, more people are being hospitalized, more people are going to intensive care, and more Maryland residents are dying. The measures we take today are absolutely necessary to help us cope with this surge, save lives, and to keep Maryland on the road to recovery.” And open it for business. “
Many of the closures are for a limited time only, such as Oregon for two weeks and Michigan for three weeks. But those orders were extended for a longer period earlier this year and could be repeated again as cases rise during a period experts have warned that it could be the most dangerous during the pandemic – the intersection with the winter flu season as people spend more time indoors.
However, it remains to be seen how many Americans will stick to orders, as sentiment continues to grow that the costs are greater than the benefits.
“Fauci has been saying for months that he expects social distancing and persuades until 2022. That is why“ just skipping this Thanksgiving, ”or“ just dealing with school part-time right now is a terrifying gullibility that literally ignores the words of our top scholars, ”a New York writer said Post Karol Markowicz’s column on Twitter, in response to a clip by Dr. Anthony Fauci calling for social distancing and masks for those who get vaccinated.
Markovic added: “We, important, have to listen to the scientists and plan to live with this for at least another 18-24 months.” “So now do you think it’s okay to skip seeing your family? Is it okay to not have years of not going to school?”
According to Johns Hopkins University figures, new cases reported in the US have exceeded 100,000 in recent days with a daily rise of more than 177,000 reported in a single day last week.
Fox News Peter Aitken and The Associated Press contributed to this report.