While the country focused on Friday for the presidential election, Texas quietly ended with Covid-19’s millionth case.
According to the latest NBC News data, there were 993,065 confirmed cases on the books as of Friday morning.
And with Texas averaging about 7,000 new infections a day for the past two weeks, NBC News predicts that the state will become the first state to cross the million-plus threshold on Friday.
Texas overtook California, which currently has 960,361 cases, to take the lead in this sad category last month. But both states have seen an increase in new cases in the past two weeks.
New coronavirus infections increased in Texas by 40% and in California by 31%, NBC News analysis showed. And these rising points are one of the factors that brought the United States to a record 120,048 daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, a day after the country first topped 100,000 new cases.
With nearly 9.7 million cases and nearly 237,000 deaths, the United States leads the world in both types of coronavirus, according to the Covid-19 console of Johns Hopkins University.
According to the analysis, the death toll in Texas also increased 10% in the past two weeks, to a total of 18,977 as of Friday morning.
This is much less than New York, which leads the country with 34,521 deaths. However, New York was soon hit hard by the pandemic in March and April as scientists are still trying to figure out how the virus spreads.
In contrast, 94% of coronavirus infections and 91% of deaths in Texas have occurred since late May, after Governor Greg Abbott – at President Donald Trump’s urging – began to loosen the deadlines. is designed to slow the spread of coronavirus. , the figures show.
In other news about coronavirus:
- While daily records of new Covid-19 cases are being broken, there hasn’t been an official meeting of the White House anti-virus task force since October 20, NBC News’s Monica Alba reported. believe. Several members of the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met in smaller groups. A meeting included Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious specialist whose severe pandemic warnings angered Trump.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is deploying more members of the National Guard to airports to help enforce state quarantine rules. Thirty-six states and two territories of the United States are currently on the advisory list. That means anyone coming to New York from one of those places is quarantined for 14 days or could be fined. “You should not land if there is no evidence of a negative result on landing,” Cuomo said.
- The NBA has said it hopes to have at least some of its fans returning to the arenas to get the roots for their favorite teams when the new season kicks in in December.
- Denmark says it is working on a plan to kill millions of weasels infected with the Covid-19 mutation even after the World Health Organization says it is unsure whether the animals pose a danger to humans. are not. “We would rather take one step too far than take one too little step against Covid-19,” said Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
- The number of Americans unemployed by the pandemic for more than 26 weeks rose to 3.6 million in October from 2.4 million the previous month. And economists fear “millions of jobs in many service industries may disappear forever”, NBC News reported.
In response, Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze stated in an email that the governor pursues “a strategy that has proven effective in slowing the spread during the summer and containing COVID-19 while allowing for safe operations. “
“Governor Abbott continues to rely on hospital admission indicators based on data used by physicians and health professionals to help inform and guide the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate COVID-19. , ”Writes Eze.
In March, while Texas was still locked, Lt. Gen. Dan Patrick was harshly criticized for asserting that he and other grandparents were willing to risk their own health and lives for the country to “return. working again “in the context of a pandemic.
Patrick, a Republican, told Fox News: “Those of us 70 or older, we will take care of ourselves. “But don’t sacrifice the country.”
However, Abbott pressed the pause button when it reopened the state in June when hospitals in Texas were overrun with Covid-19 patients and shut down bars, which public health experts identified as the main birthplace of new infections.
“As I said at the outset, if the positive rate rises above 10%, the state of Texas will take further action to reduce the spread of Covid-19,” Abbott said in a statement in June. “At this point, it’s clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by some sort of activity, including Texans congregating in bars.”
But Abbott did not issue a statewide masking order until July.
The World Health Organization advises governments that before reopening, they must maintain a test-positive rate of 5% or less for 14 days.
The rate in Texas is currently 10.07 percent, the data show. But this rate is much higher in other states such as Wisconsin, where it has been reported that a third of the people (33%) tested in the past seven days are positive, according to the latest state health department. .
Wisconsin, on Friday, also reported a record high in a day with 6,141 new Covid-19 cases and an additional 62 deaths.