The number of new confirmedCases per day in the US hit a record high of 40,000 on Friday, overshadowing the established mark during one of the deadliest stretches in late April. The revival has led some governors to back down or at least pause the reopening of their states.
While the increase is believed to partly reflect widely expanded evidence, experts say there is ample evidence that the virus is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country, especially in the south and west. ., and they are among the states that have been hit hard.
The number of confirmed infections soared beyond the previous high on April 24 of 36,400, according to the count maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
Deaths from the coronavirus in the US fell to around 600 per day, compared to around 2,200 in mid-April. Some experts have expressed doubts that deaths will return to that level, in part because of advances in treatment and prevention, but also because a large proportion of new infections occur in younger adults, who are more likely than older to survive.
The virus is attributed to 124,000 deaths in the US and 2.4 million confirmed infections nationwide, according to the Johns Hopkins count. But US health officials said the true number of infected Americans is about 20 million, or almost 10 times more. Worldwide, the virus has claimed nearly half a million lives, according to Johns Hopkins.
Elsewhere in the world, China came close to containing a new outbreak in Beijing. Another record daily rise in India pushed the workload in the world’s second most populous nation toward half a million. And other countries with large populations such as Indonesia, Pakistan, and Mexico dealt with large numbers of infections and strained healthcare systems.
South Africa, which accounts for about half of infections on the African continent with more than 118,000, reported a record nearly 6,600 new cases after loosening what had been one of the world’s strictest blockades earlier this month.
Italy, one of the most affected European nations, struggled to control an outbreak among seasonal Bulgarian crop gatherers near Naples.
The governor of the southern region of Campania insisted that workers who live in an apartment complex with dozens of COVID-19 cases remain indoors for just over two weeks, without even going out to look for food, the authorities will deliver food.
In the United States, Arizona reported more than 3,000 additional infections reported on Thursday, the fourth day of a week with an increase over that mark. The state postponed more efforts to reopen.
The numbers “continue to go in the wrong direction,” said Republican Governor Doug Ducey.
Similarly, Republican Governor Greg Abbott of TexasOn Thursday, he again banned elective surgeries in some places to preserve the hospital space after the number of patients statewide doubled in two weeks. This week, Abbot said, “There is a massive COVID-19 outbreak across the state of Texas.”
The Nevada governor ordered the use of facial masks in public, including Las Vegas casinos.
California Governor Gavin Newsomfrom local governments if they do not comply with state orders to wear masks.
In the meantime,He “would do everything possible to require that people have to wear masks in public” if he is elected president. Biden told CBS Pittsburgh’s KDKA station that, unlike President Trump, he would not be holding indoor demonstrations in the near future.
“I don’t see that happening,” said Biden.