After two months on hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, took advantage of the long weekend, the second since the start of the pandemic in the country, to play golf again, while many Americans They went to parks and beaches with social distance in between to avoid new Covid-19 infections, after overcoming the barrier of 1.6 million cases.
The presidential caravan arrived this morning at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, in the eastern state of Virginia, where the Secret Service agents in charge of security wore a mask, but not Trump or the other players, reported CNN.
The last visit to one of their golf courses was on March 8 at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
With 1,613,476 infections and 96,662 deaths, the United States remains by far the world’s worst hit by the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Despite these alarming figures, all the states of the country began to relax the restrictions that had been imposed to contain the outbreak, given the insistent requests for reopening made by the president, who yesterday authorized the resumption of religious ceremonies.
While Trump called for the immediate reopening of worship centers and even threatened governors not to abide by it, some religious leaders questioned his decision and opted for prudence.
“Being at the epicenter of this pandemic and to protect our faithful, we advise congregations to remain closed until more accurate and consistent information is provided,” said Bishop Paul Egensteiner, who oversees the United States Evangelical Lutheran Church in the New York City, the most affected by Covid-19 in the country.
New York is the state hardest hit by the pandemic, with a total of 359,926 infections and 23,282 deaths, of which 194,667 cases and 16,403 deaths were recorded in the city of the same name, the national epicenter of the pandemic, according to the latest official report.
However, for the first time since the end of March, the state today recorded fewer than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time since the end of March, with 84 deaths on the last day.
“It is still a tragedy, to be sure, but overall it is good news,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily press conference on the evolution of Covid-19.
For the Democratic leader, the figure represented “real progress” and a significant decrease compared to the 109 deaths announced yesterday, the EFE news agency reported.
This drop also occurred in the other daily indicators disclosed by the state authorities, such as in the number of new cases, hospitalizations and intubations for the new coronavirus.
A trend that has been occurring for several weeks throughout the territory, although more slowly in the Big Apple.
However, Cuomo called for caution during this long weekend, which usually marks the unofficial start of the summer season, with more people traveling and gathering at beaches and parks.
While some of the state’s beaches were open to bathers – not New York City’s that only allow walking and sitting – today’s rain has, for the time being, kept people in their homes.
Instead, on the south Georgia coast, bathers were able to enjoy the good weather on the beaches of Tybee Island, where they greatly respected keeping the minimum distance between groups of two meters and not meeting more than ten people, although very few wore masks.
“It is amazing, everyone is dating and eager to get out,” a resident told CNN.
The beaches were also reopened in other states, such as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware.
In Florida, where the 50,000 coronavirus contagion barrier was breached today, most beaches were, except in heavily affected areas such as Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County, which remained closed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Covid-19 special force and one of the country’s leading infectious disease experts, told Americans this week that going outdoors was fine, although respecting certain slogans was imperative. .
“Get out, wear a mask, stay two meters away from anyone,” he recommended in statements to the media, “Go running. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you are not in a crowd and you are not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus. ”