USA breaks own record for new infections for third day running

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

29 additional cases were added in Suwannee county. In Idaho, it is five times higher.

To contain the outbreak, Florida has closed bars and some beaches but the governor has resisted requiring masks statewide in public or reimposing a lockdown.

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Hospitalizations are also skyrocketing, along with a rise in the percentage of people testing positive for the virus.

"I'm discouraged because we didn't act fast enough to shut things down, and we could have done a much better job getting a handle on the virus", said Megan Archer, a 39-year-old woman from West Palm who lost her job with a county parks department during the outbreak.

Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

"We're excited about coming to Jacksonville", Pence said, "and I was in a meeting not long ago when I heard about some very sophisticated plans to make sure it's a safe and healthy environment."

Meanwhile, the government reported that United States unemployment fell to 11.1 per cent in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs.

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Several Northeastern states have seen new infections slow down significantly, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey, which allowed its Atlantic City casinos to reopen Thursday, though with no smoking, drinking or eating.

Arizona, reported that 89% of its ICU beds were occupied as the state reported close to 5,000 new cases for the day on Wednesday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday reversed plans to reopen indoor areas of bars and restaurants, saying: "I am watching what is happening in other states". Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico. "The next couple of weeks are critical".

The Wall Street Journal reported that the USA accounts for about a quarter of coronavirus cases world-wide and the nation's death toll climbed above 128,000 earlier this week.

The number of confirmed cases in the US per day has roughly doubled over the past month, hitting 44,800 on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday's data marks a new record daily high of infections in Florida since the start of the pandemic.

The rise in cases is not just the result of more testing. The figure exceeds the total number of cases Florida experienced between March 1 - when the first case was detected - and April 2, when the number reached 9,008. The country has the most cases in Africa, more than 159,000, as it loosens what had been one of the world's strictest lockdowns.

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