The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States is still serious, and Michigan is now the new “epicenter” of the epidemic in the United States. Michigan Governor Whitmer has called on local residents to abide by epidemic prevention measures and avoid going out, but her senior aides have been exposed to be on vacation and criticized.
Michigan reportedly reported 7,834 new confirmed cases on the 9th, the highest in the United States. And an important reason for the state’s spike in cases is the increase in cases among adolescents and children. The data showed that the number of cases in the state’s children under the age of 10 has increased by 230% since February 19, higher than in any age group. At the same time, the number of infections among residents between the ages of 10 and 19 has also increased by 227%. According to CNN, as the number of new cases continues, some hospitals in the state have to postpone and reschedule non-emergency medical procedures one by one.
In the face of the severe epidemic, Michigan Governor Whitmer called for tightening prevention and control, including wearing masks, remote school lectures, all youth sports competitions, gatherings, etc. for a two-week suspension. But Whitmer’s senior aide Tricia Foster went to Seattle Island, Florida for a holiday earlier this week, and posted holiday photos on social media, according to several U.S. media reports. Tricia Foster’s son is said to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is quarantined at home. After being exposed by the media, Tricia Foster deleted the photo, but it has been criticized by many American netizens.
According to the latest model of the Institute of Health Indicators and Evaluation of the University of Washington, 618,523 people in the United States may die of COVID-19 by August 1. If 95% of Americans wear masks, the death toll may fall to 604,413. The model also predicts that in the worst-case scenario, that is, the fully vaccinated people return to pre-epidemic flow levels, the death toll may reach 697,573 by August 1.