The United States records an additional 1,480 deaths in just 24 hours. This is the highest daily toll ever recorded since the start of the epidemic.
With a delay of a few weeks, the United States is following the same path as Europe and China before it. The world’s leading power recorded 1,480 new Covid-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to more than 7,400. This is the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic, all countries combined.
While the United States is developing field hospitals from Los Angeles to Miami, the government recalls the recommendations of the health authorities. No containment has yet been established. On the other hand, social distancing measures, similar to those imposed in Europe, have also been taken.
And faced with the first consistent results of an American study which estimate that the virus also spreads by speaking, the American president, Donald Trump, took over the advice of the health authorities to cover his face outside his home. He recommended doing this with a scarf, a bandana or a replacement mask in order to leave available approved masks for nursing staff.
However, Donald Trump insisted that these were only “non-binding recommendations,” but said he would not follow them himself. During his daily press briefing, he said: “With the masks, this is really going to be on a voluntary basis. You can do it, you don’t have to do it. I choose not to do it, but some might want to wear it and it’s good. ”
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage in a country 4,500 kilometers wide and home to more than 320 million people. And it takes advantage of the American bureaucracy.
Admiral Brett Crozier, commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was dismissed after requesting the immediate evacuation of his ship following several cases on board. The American sailor had sent a multi-page letter to the US Navy to sound the alarm. He was dismissed and accused of having organized the leak of his mail by putting a dozen people in copy of his alarm email to the US Navy.
He was also accused of having granted five days leave to his sailors when the ship made a stopover in Vietnam and when the virus spread in Asia. He left the nuclear aircraft carrier in San Francisco, cheered by a crowd of American sailors.
Faced with more than 277,000 contaminations, the White House estimates that the coronavirus should claim between 100,000 and 240,000 victims in the United States.