COVID-19 Increasingly Infecting Younger People in the South, Officials Warn


In the South, officials say more young people are testing positive. "They also tell us that younger South Carolinians are not taking social distancing seriously".

And while some officials have noted more widespread testing is underway, others say the new cases stem from Americans failing to achieve social distance or wearing masks.

"We are having more cases because there is a wider spread of the virus in the community".

The United States has reported a total of 2,260,972 cases of COVID-19 and 119,762 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Another 128 people who tested positive didn't work at the airport but had traceable connections to the 132 workers at the airport, Brown said.

Young people in particular have been among the most persistent offenders, DeSantis suggested.

While some countries refer to record numbers of new daily cases and state leaders are considering implementing face mask requirements, the World Health Organization has warned that the epidemic is accelerating. "And so this is going to be hard to get under control", Gottlieb said on the CBS News program "Face the Nation".

According to Johns Hopkins University data, at least 23 countries in new cases are increasing compared to last week.

A spokeswoman for DeSantis said in a tweet on Friday, "It isn't about the rising numbers, it's about hospital capacity and Florida is ready to handle". Across the state, 3,574 people were hospitalized Saturday.

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Greg Abbott is the Texas government.

The explanations echo the Trump administration's current positioning on the state of Covid-19 in America: denial and excuses. As of Monday morning, USA officials reported 2,291,700 cases of the new coronavirus-up from 2,201,300 cases as of Friday morning. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont. "We're also seeing that not only are they testing positive because they're testing more, they're also testing positive at a higher rate increasingly over the last week", he said. He said that increase in young infected people could be related to Memorial Day parties, visits to bars or other gatherings.

Some health officials have said lax social distancing could be behind recent jumps in COVID-19 cases among younger people.

Besides Florida, those states are: Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Ron DeSantis is the government of Florida.

Those younger groups testing positive are mostly asymptomatic and don't require clinical attention, the governor said.

Florida has hit a grim milestone-passing 100,000 cases of the coronavirus. For example, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a tweet posted Friday wrote that the decline in the United States' daily number of newly reported coronavirus deaths reflects "among other things ... improvements in medical care, and more diagnosed cases occurring in milder disease and younger patients as older individuals protect themselves better".

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