In the United States, battles, and political-judicial on the mask and the containment

Aux États-Unis, batailles politico-judiciaires sur le masque et le confinement

The pandemic of COVID-19 in the United States continues to swell at an exponential rate, with two records this week, but the implementation of gestures barriers such as the wearing of mask is being met with resistance from elected representatives and citizens in the name of individual freedom.

With 68 000 new cases reported Thursday, the country remains in a rising epidemic, and there had never been hospitalized patients for the coronavirus since April 23, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The trend for the number of deaths, which declined in may and June, is now clearly bullish since last week, and for a lot of Southern States such as Florida, the balance sheets daily are the worst since the beginning of the pandemic. The epidemic also extends into the country, Idaho, Tennessee, Mississippi…

The odds of Donald Trump going downhill since the beginning of the pandemic: 38 % of Americans approve of his handling of the pandemic, compared with 51 % in march, according to a poll by the Washington Post published Friday.

“We really need to reorganize, take a break,” said an umpteenth time Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of infectious diseases expert and the best-known of the United States, in a video conversation with the boss of Facebook on Thursday.

“Not necessarily a reconfinement, but we must say that it is necessary to do things of a more measured “, he said.

Sheriffs rebels

No national rule has governed the déconfinement, and number of States ahead of the reopening, according to Anthony Fauci. Several States have done well back in the reopening, closing in priority to the bars, and sometimes sports halls, cinemas, places of worship, shops.

Mayors have responded by taking local orders of reconfinement or wearing a mask mandatory. But in Georgia, in the south, the republican governor, Brian Kemp, has been assigned Thursday, the mayor of the capital city of Atlanta before the courts to cancel its order of wearing of masks compulsory.

“We all agree that wearing a mask is effective, but I am sure that the Georgian people do not need to have an obligation to act,” said Friday the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp.

Why he refused? “The decision to close the businesses and undermine economic growth is catastrophic,” said Brian Kemp, who believes that wearing a mask is bad for the businesses. “I refuse to let these decisions be disastrous to threaten the life and livelihood of our citizens “.

The mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a democrat unofficially in the running to become the colistière of Joe Biden for the presidential election, is convinced that this is “retaliation” policy.

“This is probably not a coincidence that the complaint was filed the day after the visit of Donald Trump to Atlanta,” said the mayor, itself infected by the coronavirus, on CNN Friday.

It is also said that the president was not wearing a mask while arriving at the Atlanta international airport, in violation of his decree, which, she says, applies in the municipal buildings.

The examples of conflicts around the mask abound elsewhere in the country.

In Texas, field ultra-conservative, governor-Greg Abbott has finished by ordering the wearing of mask in public places, but of the committees republicans to local, in the more conservative areas of Texas, have passed motions of censure (symbolic) against her, accusing her of violating the republican principles of individual responsibility, according to the Texas Tribune. Houston, the largest city in texas, wants to reconfiner, but the governor refuses.

“Don’t be a sheep “, said the end of June the sheriff of a county of the State of Washington, where the us epidemic began, and where cases are rising again.

Sheriffs (positions often elective), California, North Carolina and elsewhere, have also said they would control the obligations of the wearing of masks in their counties.

The strength of the United States, its federalism and decentralization is proving to be a weakness when it comes to responding to an epidemic that knows no borders.

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