A case occurs where the number of new coronavirus infected people reaches a record high just 4 days after unlocking
Action restrictions and lockdowns are being implemented around the world as countermeasures against novel coronavirus infectious diseases (COVID-19), but there is a demand for unlocking lockdowns based on the opinion that this kind of restriction is economically unbearable. Is beginning to appear. In such a trend, in the state of Maryland in the United States, where the lockdown was actually released, the number of new COVID-19 infections reached a new record high just four days after the release.
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Maryland has been banned from curfew since March 30, 2020, but the number of people infected with COVID-19 has continued to rise. However, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland said, `` Given a curfew on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 17:00, because two indicators, total hospitalization and hospital bed occupancy, were on the decline. The decree will be lifted in stages. '
Governor Larry Hogan-Official Website for the Governor of Maryland
In the first stage of this phasing out, some industries, such as retailers, are allowed to reopen, but the number of users is limited to 50% of the maximum capacity. In addition, Maryland residents are encouraged to wear masks, avoid congregations of 10 or more people, and wash their hands frequently in public spaces, and workers are required to continue working from home wherever possible. It was.
The number of new COVID-19 infections in Maryland suddenly increased on May 19, four days after the gradual cancellation started. We recorded a record high of 1784 new cases per day. Following is a graph of the number of new cases in Maryland created by the local newspaper The Baltimore Sun based on the announcement by the Department of Health of Maryland. You can see that the number of new infections on May 19, 2020 is outstanding. The highest record before May 19 was 1730 on May 1.
Regarding the test conducted on May 21, when the number of new infections reached a record high, 5368 negative results were also reported. That is, of the 7152 tests performed on this day, approximately 25% were positive.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health in Maryland explained that the reason for this rapid increase in the number of new infections was 'because of the additional submission of past test results.' In response to the test results in question, Governor Hogan announced measures to increase the number of COVID-19 tests and expand the test to those who do not have signs of COVID-19.
Beginning this week, we are able to offer appointment-free # COVID19 testing across the state, including for those who do not have symptoms, marking a critical milestone in Maryland's long-term testing strategy.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 19, 2020
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It should be noted that 28% of COVID-19 patients in Maryland are older than 60 years old, and about 30% of infected people over 80 years old die. Blacks make up about 30% of the state's total population, with 38% of blacks infected and 43% dead. Hispanics make up about 10% of the state's total population, while Hispanics make up 29% of the total population.
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