Million Cases: Coronavirus Continues To Surge Across US

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2020

According to Johns Hopkins University, Texas has almost 195,000 confirmed cases while Florida has seen over 200,000.

The Maryland university's tally counted 3,009,611 confirmed infections and 131,594 fatalities in the USA, while 936,476 people have recovered from the disease since it first appeared. Covid-19 hospitalizations have amplified in the state, with far more than 3,200 Covid-19 inpatients and in excess of 800 ICU patients at the moment described in Arizona hospitals.

California, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas on Tuesday shattered their previous daily record highs for new cases, according to the latest tally.

CALIFORNIA: The 10,201 new cases reported on Tuesday took the sum total number of cases in California considering that the start of the pandemic to not quite 284,00.

While the first million mark was reached some three months after the beginning of the outbreak, the second million was added after only 45 days.

The world's hardest hit country, both in confirmed cases and deaths, the United States has experienced a resurgence of the disease since June that has forced several states to suspend their phased economic reopenings. "COVID-19 is not going away. In fact, it's getting worse", Gov. Greg Abbott said in announcing the mask rule just ahead of the July Fourth weekend.

The death toll now stands at 133,000.

On Saturday, the number of new daily infections hit a record 57,683. In the meantime, at the very least 24 states have paused their reopening plans and at the very least 31 states are seeing an raise in new scenarios as opposed to the earlier week.

White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx this week attributed the rise in cases to state and local governments relaxing lockdown orders too quickly - and to individuals not wearing face coverings or social distancing.

Like in other states, California is seeing a spike in younger people. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has issued an emergency order requiring that "all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick-and-mortar schools at least five days per week for all students". But instead of falling off, those figures merely plateaued in most states - and when many restrictions were lifted, the numbers began to climb anew.

The United States on Tuesday officially submitted its notification of withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) to the United Nations secretary-general, setting in motion the country's exit from the global body in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 35 states and Washington D.C. have mandated people wear masks in public. But some Americans - from MA to Florida to Washington state - have fought against state or county mandates that require face masks. The EU says it will accept tourists and other nonessential travelers from countries where the epidemiological situation is equal to or better than the EU's. Trump also announced in mid-April that his administration would halt USA funding to the WHO.

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