- "Something's not working," Dr. Fauci said of the nation's current approach in an interview with The Washington Post.
- Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the task force, sought to reassure Americans.
- As incidence rises in America, residents in Europe are trying to turn the page of the pandemic after weeks of strict quarantine.
The United States faces a “serious problem” with an increase in new infections of the Coronavirus in southern and western states, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday. Dr. Fauci was speaking at his first briefing in two months of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force.
“Something’s not working,” Dr. Fauci said of the nation’s current approach in an interview with The Washington Post. “I mean, you can do all the diagramming you want, but something is not working.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the task force, sought to reassure Americans. Pence said the situation was not comparable to the height of the crisis in the northeast in March and April.
Pence added that the US government focuses its attention on increasing cases in the south, noting that 16 states are witnessing an increase in cases. He called on Americans to adhere to the rules of social distancing to limit the spread of the epidemic.
The states of Florida and Texas imposed new restrictions on Friday on bars to counter the renewed spread of the virus. Several officials in different states are considering re-imposing contingency measures to contain the infection. “What you need to do is find the penetration of infected people in your society,” Fauci told The Post. “And the only way you know that is by casting a broad net.”
For its part, the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the total number of newly infected people with the Coronavirus in the United States amounted to 2,414870. This is an extra 40,588 cases from the previous census, adding that the number of deaths had risen to 124,325.
“If you look around the globe, the way people are doing a million tests or 10 million tests is they’re doing pooling,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.
“We have gone from about 1,000 tests a day to now over 500,000 tests a day in less than three months, but still we need innovation in testing and I think it’s more than just more platforms and more tests,” Birx said during an online conference of the American Society for Microbiology on Monday.
Warnings of the Second Wave in Europe
As incidence rises in America, residents in Europe are trying to turn the page of the pandemic after weeks of strict quarantine. However, the World Health Organization has expressed fears that the infection will accelerate on the continent, especially in Eastern Europe. That could “lead health systems to the brink again.”
Among the signs of the continuing threat of the virus, Ukraine registered 1,109 COVID-19 infections on Friday, a record high. Coronavirus restrictions were lifted in Ukraine on May 11. The Ukrainian authorities considered what happened “as a dangerous wave.”
In Portugal, quarantine measures were reimposed on parts of the capital, Lisbon, as had happened in two regions in western Germany.
The list of “countries experiencing a strong return” to the epidemic, announced by the European branch of the World Health Organization on Thursday, were : Sweden, Armenia, Moldova, Northern Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Kosovo.