5, and a month later to 54,856.
Since then, and with the imposition of isolation and social distancing measures in most states – which, however, varied in terms of the strictness of their orders – the number of deaths reached a plateau: during most of May the figure ranged between 1,000 and 2,000. And in recent days it entered a clear decline, illustrated by the fact that since Saturday fewer than 1,000 deaths have been recorded.
In the last three days, the United States has stopped registering the highest daily number of deaths. That place has been occupied by Brazil, whose curve continues to rise: on Tuesday the South American country registered 1,039 deaths, in contrast to the 691 that took place in the North American.
For days now, the 50 states have taken steps to reopen their economies and resume certain activities. New York, the territory hardest hit by the pandemic – with almost 375,000 cases and more than 29,500 deaths – has the lowest figures since March. Decreasing trends have also been reported in other northeastern states.
President Donald Trump traveled to Florida on Wednesday to attend the SpaceX rocket launch attempt, part of NASA’s manned mission that had to be postponed due to bad weather.
However, the numbers for cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles have remained high. And they are rising in states like Arkansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Specialists have attributed this to the fact that people do not respect the recommended social distance in the framework of reopening.
An illustrative event took place on Saturday, when hundreds of people gathered to drink cocktails in the sun at a Missouri pool. The scene occurred on Saturday in a restaurant bar on the shores of Lake of the Ozarks, in the homonymous mountains, in the center of the country. It is the same area where one of the most watched Netflix series takes place, whose third season was released during the pandemic. The video has been viewed more than 16 million times.
The party drew furious criticism from nearby St. Louis County, where many people flocked to the lake due to the Memorial Day holiday, despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities said anyone who ignored measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine or until a diagnostic test returned negative.