US health secretary warns ‘window is closing’ to curb the coronavirus

US health secretary warns ‘window is closing’ to curb the coronavirus”

The fresh surge in Covid-19 cases has been most pronounced in a handful of southern and western states that reopened earlier and more aggressively, with the support of the Trump administration, despite warnings by health officials to wait to see a steady decline in cases. States hit the toughest involve Texas, Arizona, Florida, California and Nevada. The previous daily high was reported Thursday.

A dozen more states said their case counts remained nearly stable.

Former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden cautioned on Fox News Sunday that while the US is doing more testing and our hospitals are better prepared, "this virus still has the upper hand". He also warned of more new cases and deaths in the future.

When asked if the Trump administration's claims of an increase in the number of cases was the result of further tests, Frieden rejected it and said: "As a doctor, scientist and epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that in the Most states where you are seeing an increase, it is a real increase". "It is not more tests".

The secretary of Overall health and Human Products and services said Sunday the "window is closing" to control the surge of coronavirus circumstances - and encouraged all Americans to abide by the government's guidelines about social distancing and mask donning. We have to act, and folks as people today have to act responsibly.

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"We've bought our fatality costs and our hospitalization charges are the lowest they've been in two months, but this is a extremely severe problem", he said. "So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control", said Azar on CNN's "State of the Union" program. "We need to social distance, we need to wear our face coverings if we're in settings where we can't social distance, particularly in these hot zones".

He recommended that the United States is better positioned to handled the pandemic than before, pointing to improved tests, call tracing, healthcare facility capability, reserves of own protecting tools, and development towards therapeutics and opportunity vaccines for the virus.

Like Vice President Mike Pence, Azar denied reopening too quickly caused the rise in cases.

"We've obtained to get to the base of why we're looking at these scenarios surge in this spot, but at its core, we all have as individuals, our particular person conduct to make positive that we are training appropriate social distancing and sporting facial masking when we're not capable to, and practicing very good personal cleanliness and in particular defending our most vulnerable citizens".

"That's not so much about what the law says on the reopening as what our behaviors are within that", he told Tapper.

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