WASHINGTON – The state of Michigan and Washington on Sunday imposed new restrictions on circles, including suspending domestic food service, reducing the spread of coronavirus as total US infection exceeded 11 million, more than a week after hitting 10 million.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the closure of high school and college classrooms and the indoor restaurant for three weeks from Wednesday as the colder weather hits people in a house where the virus could easily spread.
He closed community events in concert halls, casinos, theaters, ice rinks and other venues, while home gatherings will be limited to 10 people from no more than two families.
Whitmer, a Democrat, has warned that without further ado, Michigan will soon be killed by 1,000 COVID-19 a week.
“We are in a very bad situation at the moment so far,” he told a news conference. “The situation has never been this bad. We are in danger and need to take some action. ”
White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas has responded to Michigan’s orders by urging state citizens on Twitter to “revolt”. Following this criticism of Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel, Atlas said “He has never spoken of violence.”
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, has announced a one-month ban on domestic services at restaurants and gyms, as well as a 25% reduction in retail sales capacity.
Internal gatherings would be restricted outside a person’s home and outdoor gatherings would be limited to five people in Washington state under Inslee’s order.
The new limits come as new daily infections in recent days have more than doubled from one reported day during the previous U.S. uprising. Mid-July. Number of COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals We have also reached a very high level.
Earlier Sunday, senior advisers to US President Joe Biden called for urgent action to address COVID-19, warning that Republican President Donald Trump’s refusal to step down could further jeopardize the fight against the virus. Biden’s advisers also said that it would prevent the drafting of the policy and could jeopardize additional government funding before Biden, a Democrat, took office in January.
“We are in a very dangerous situation,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of the Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, told NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press.’
Unless action is taken now, “we will see these numbers grow significantly”, warns Osterholm. “Our future is in our hands.”
Basic public health measures such as masks to prevent the spread have become political under Trump, who thwarted the impeachment even after receiving COVID-19 last month, while Biden supported its widespread use.
However, some Republican officials in recent days have been forced to take action, with North Dakota joining 35 other provinces over the weekend in authorizing masks and Iowa this week demanding them under certain circumstances.
Forty U.S. states reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases in November, while 20 saw an increase in deaths and 26 reported hospitalizations, according to Reuters figures.
The latest seven-day average shows that the United States reports more than 144,000 daily cases and 1,120 deaths each day, the highest number in any country in the world.
Ron Klain, the next White House intervening director in Biden, on Sunday called on Congress to immediately pass the COVID-19 relief law with new limits to be paid.
“This could be the first example of a two-party election,” Klain told NBC. He said Biden had spoken to Democratic Congress leaders, but not to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who had refused to publicly accept Biden as president-elect.
‘OVER THE BATTLE’
Klain said there was no official communication between Biden’s advisory body and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which needed to be authorized for a change in the General Services Administration.
“It’s very important for the smooth delivery of information,” said a senior U.S. epidemiologist. Along with White House party member Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN’s program “State of the Union”. “It’s almost like passing a stick in a race, you don’t want to stop and give it to someone, you just want to keep going.”
The Biden team this week planned to meet with Pfizer Inc PFE.N, last week to release constructive details about the vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and other drug makers, Klain said.
Former U.S. General Surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy, head of Biden’s COVID team, told Fox News that the increase in coronaviruses is “very alarming” but that a national ban is “a last resort.”