WASHINGTON | tropical storm Isaias has strengthened to become a category 1 storm that is heading toward the Bahamas and Florida (southeast United States), has been hard hit by the coronavirus and where test centres have been closed in the face of this threat of weather.
The hurricane progresses with winds at a maximum speed of 130 kilometers per hour, said the national hurricane center american (NHC) at midnight.
The NHC provides a strengthening hurricane in the next 48 hours. Isaias has already been one death and caused flooding of rivers in the dominican Republic, where 14 of the country’s 32 provinces have been placed on red alert.
Florida prepared for the arrival of Isaias with the closure of some centres of testing of the COVID-19 Thursday end of the day, “as a precaution” according to the authorities.
Are concerned the screening centres managed by the State of Florida, simple tents vulnerable to the weather. Those counties, which are less numerous, must remain open.
Florida, one of the american States where the epidemic of COVID-19, is experiencing a strong resurgence, reported Thursday a total of 253 deaths, a record 24 hours for the third day in a row.
The total number of deaths in Florida since the beginning of the pandemic amounted to 6 586.
In addition, nearly 10 000 new cases of contamination with the novel coronavirus have been diagnosed in a day Thursday, a level that has remained stable for several weeks.
In total, Florida has more than 461 000 cases detected since the beginning of the pandemic. With 21 million inhabitants, this means that one person in 50 has been infected in the State.