WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in locations that are reopening but it was still too early to figure out such trends, health secretary Alex Azar stated on Sunday.
“We are seeing that in locations that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some locations that are, in fact, closed.”
However, Azar said determining and reporting brand-new cases takes time. A vital part of reopening will be surveillance of flu-like signs in the population and other hospital admissions information, along with screening of asymptomatic people, he said.
“It’s still early days,” Azar warned in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He said information will spend some time to come in from states that resumed early such as Georgia and Florida.
Nearly all 50 U.S. states have actually started to allow some organisations to resume and citizens to move more easily, but only 14 states have actually met the federal government’s guidelines for lifting measures focused on combating the pandemic, according to a Reuters analysis.
The top Democrat in Congress, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stated it was impossible to know the trajectory of the virus, which has actually eliminated near to 90,000 Americans, without more screening.
“We have no concept the size of this obstacle to our country due to the fact that we have not adequately tested,” Pelosi stated on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Legislation gone by your house of Representatives on Friday would attend to the secrets to a successful resuming: screening, tracing and treatment, she stated. Republicans have called the expense dead on arrival in the Senate.
“We have not had a strategy. Let’s move forward in a bipartisan method to have a strategy, a plan to test,” she said.
The United States has actually lagged far behind the majority of other industrialized nations in coronavirus screening that public health officials consider critical to preventing additional break outs.
Azar put the onus on regional federal governments to deal with resuming strategies, as cooped-up Americans begin to flock to bars, beaches and parks.
“These are very localized determinations. There need to not be a one size fits all to reopening but reopen we need to since it’s not health versus the economy. It’s health versus healthy,” he stated, including there were major health consequences to not reopening.
Inquired about images being transmitted from some areas of the nation showing people gathering near bars and gathering close together, Azar stated that was the cost of liberty.
“I believe in any private instance you’re going to see people doing things that are careless. That becomes part of the liberty that we have here in America,” he said on CNN.
(This story has been refiled to fix typo in first paragraph)
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Daniel Wallis
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