Health secretary says "window is closing" to get coronavirus under control

Health secretary says

"Our situation is very different than it was two months ago", said Azar, noting that the administration has secured a half-million doses of remdesivir, the drug shown to be effective in treating hospitalized coronavirus patients.

Thirty-six states are reporting a rise in beneficial coronavirus instances, and only two are reporting a decrease in circumstances compared to previous week.

On Friday, the U.S. reported the highest number of new cases in a single day, with at least 40,173 new infections.

He stated the surge in scenarios isn't about which states have reopened or are reopening their economies.

Azar denied that the reopening too quickly was related to the increase in cases, but instead, "inappropriate individual behavior" that has allowed the virus to spread.

He also pointed out that in President Donald Trump's guidelines for reopening, the importance of masks and social distancing have always been stressed, but Americans must act responsibly, or "we're going to see governors pull back on those reopening". "We need to social distance, we need to wear our face coverings if we're in settings where we can't social distance, particularly in these hot zones".

"We have made it very clear that the Supreme Court is taking down all or much of Obamacare, because it is constitutionally or legally ill, we will work with Congress to create a program that genuinely protects people with pre-existing conditions", said Azar, adding that Exact details will depend on the court's decision and the composition of Congress. Azar said the administration is working with local authorities and states to understand why the virus is surging in certain areas.

Azar said that in many southern states where the virus is spiking - including Florida and Texas - the majority of the cases are people under 35, and a large number of those will be asymptomatic.

When questioned no matter if the Trump administration's statements of mounting scenario quantities was the outcome of extra tests getting completed, Frieden dismissed it, saying, "As a medical doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can notify you with 100% certainty that in most states the place you're observing an boost, it is a true raise".



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