19 (Xinhua) — Scott Gottlieb, a former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Thursday that the worst-hit areas are now “on the verge of losing control” as new cases of the new coronavirus surge in several southern and western U.S. states. “There are currently about 20,000 new cases per day in the U.S., and while cases are declining in former “hot spots” like New York, new communities are being infected.
“The question is, ‘Can we prevent the outbreak from getting out of control,'” Mr Gottlieb said. This is a virus that wants to infect a large part of the population. In parts of these states, they are on the verge of losing control. Arizona, Houston, Austin, and parts of Florida now look worrisome. “
In some states, cases have increased since Memorial Day (May 25) weekend, including Arizona, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and other states. In Arizona, some hospitals are approaching capacity limits. The state reported Wednesday that 85 percent of beds have been occupied, a record high for the state.
“These are all outbreaks,” Gottlieb said. We are now seeing a doubling of the number of cases in less than 10 days. These areas are on the verge of losing control. I think these states have a week or two to take action to control the situation. “
Gottlieb said he remained concerned about the “lack of political will” among officials to continue implementing proven interventions such as social distance and wearing masks.