EARLY NORMALIZATION HITS TEXAS: RECORD COVID-19 APPLICATIONS TO HOSPITALS
A record number of COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals following the early end of quarantine measures in the US state of Texas.
Texas state officials had ended the quarantine on April 30 and had also decided to open some businesses on May 1.
It is also debated whether normalisation efforts are correct as the Coronavirus outbreak, which has spread around the world and killed 408,482 people so far, unfolds in Wuhan, the people's Republic of China. The number of covid-19 patients has peaked in Texas, one of the states that began the normalization steps early in the United States.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in hospitals across Texas has risen to 1,935, according to a statement by the Texas Department of state Health Services. The previous peak number of hospitalized patients was 1,888 on 5 May. Texas, which ended its quarantine measures on April 30, had also given some businesses permission to resume operations beginning May 1. Coronavirus has infected over 75,400 people across Texas, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The rate of positive tests also rose:
The positive rate of COVID-19 Tests in Texas had declined to 4.27% towards the end of May. Now the rate has risen to 7.55%. While the rate of hospitalization is increasing, more than 1,600 intensive care beds are still empty and more than 5,800 breathing apparatus are ready to be used for critically ill patients.
Some infectious disease experts think that the number of hospitalizations to track a province's normalization performance would be better than the test data because the test data can show UPS or downs based on how many tests are performed.
On May 8 in Texas, hair salons were opened on the condition that they meet certain restrictions. Gyms, non-essential production facilities and offices began operations on May 18, with the condition of operating at 25% capacity. The state then allowed bars to open at 25% and restaurants at 50% capacity. Experts point out that the spread of the virus may increase due to people not covering their faces in closed environments and the lack of air circulation.