The highest figures come from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa. Under these conditions, experts believe that the pandemic figures are in fact much higher. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Polytechnic have projected that the number of infections is actually ten to 12 times higher than confirmed cases, which means more than “700,000 infections a day.”
Visibly disturbed, the WHO director launched a new emotional plea.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO): “Friends, do not be fooled, the biggest threat we face now is not the virus itself, but rather the lack of responsible leadership and solidarity. It is a tragedy that puts us in the situation of losing many friends, many close ones. The elements that I needed most are the right direction given by the leaders, the participation of the community and the collective solidarity ”.
In the United States, we have the day and the record. In the last 24 hours, more than 66,000 cases have been confirmed in the laboratory. In many states with severe outbreaks, people wait in line for hours to test. About a third of the tests are positive. Most hospitals are on the verge of reaching their full capacity.
Lauren Leander, Nurse, Arizona: “We are so overwhelmed and overcrowded that we have reached the point where we are about to compromise patient safety. Things have certainly taken a bad turn since the state reopened. “
In hospitals in Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Texas and Georgia, protective equipment, ventilators and intensive care beds are on the rise.
Deborah Burger, co-președinte al Național Nurses United: “It was enough time to plan the next steps and take action. But that didn’t happen. “
More than half of those tested positive are between 18 and 40 years old. For example, a 30-year-old Texan died of the virus, which he contracted at a party.
Dr. Jane Appleby, Methodist Hospital, San Antonio: “He thought this disease was a farce. He considered himself young and invincible. Towards the end, he confessed to the nurse that he had made a big mistake “.
Meanwhile, impassive to the flood of warnings and appeals, President Trump is displaying his disagreements with epidemiologist Anthony Fauci. The two have not met in more than five weeks.
Donald Trump: “Dr. Fauci is a good man, but he also made a lot of mistakes.”
As Dr. Fauci launches increasingly bleak warnings, Trump is stubborn to see the full side of the glass.
Donald Trump: “99% of those infected do not suffer anything.”
Florida has 9,000 new infections daily, up 1,200% from when it reopened two months ago.
Dr. Peter Hotez, director, Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development: “We are dealing with a lack of understanding or awareness of the fact that we are struggling in one of the worst public health crises in the history of our nation.”
To a large extent, the massive trips on the occasion of the National Day are to blame for this extraordinary spread rate.