WASHINGTON – Governors of several US states have imposed new restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country’s total number of people infected has surpassed 11 million.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned restaurants from serving customers in dining rooms. The ban also included face-to-face classes in high school and universities, as well as public events in casinos and cinemas. Home meetings are limited to 10 people.
“The situation has never been so dire,” Whitmer told reporters. “We’re at a cliff and we need to take action.”
White House Coronavirus Advisor Scott Atlas has called on state residents to reject health guidelines.
“This can only be stopped if people rebel,” Atlas tweeted.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee also banned food service businesses from serving guests on premises and required retail stores to limit shoppers to 25 percent of total capacity. Outdoor gatherings can be limited to five people, and indoor gatherings can only be held by people living in the household.
The state of New Mexico has introduced a two-week lockdown, and North Dakota is introducing mandatory masking. New meeting restrictions are being introduced in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is imposing a six-week ban on indoor dining, closing gyms and museums, and restricting indoor gatherings. The restrictions will be in effect from Friday.
Some stores have also introduced precautions for visitors queuing to get inside and have set limits on items such as sanitizers, toilet paper and sanitizing wipes.
According to Johns Hopkins University, about 150,000 new COVID-19 cases per day were recorded in the United States over the past week.
The incidence is increasing in many states. The death toll from coronavirus in the United States has exceeded 246 thousand people. For this indicator, as well as for the total number of cases, the United States ranks first in the world.
Infectious disease experts said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s refusal to admit defeat and Democrat Joe Biden’s victory prevents them from passing on important information to future Biden officials to help curb the pandemic.
The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump’s coronavirus working group, told CNN, “Of course it would be better if we started working with them.”
Meanwhile, US President-elect Joe Biden warned that “more people could die if we don’t coordinate our efforts.”
Trump, who did not appear in public on Monday, welcomed Moderna’s announcement of a second coronavirus vaccine.
“Please remember that these great discoveries that will end the Chinese plague happened in my time!” – the president wrote on Twitter.