US’ daily COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, hits new global record
NEW YORK (US) – The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, marking a new daily global record with regard to the coronavirus, as infections spiked in a majority of states.
A surge in coronavirus cases over the past week has put President Donald Trump’s treatment of the crisis situation under scrutiny. This had in turn led several governors to suspend plans to reopen their states after strict lockdowns.
The daily U.S. tally stood at 55,274 late Thursday, topping the previous single-day record of 54,771 in Brazil on June 19.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 37 out of 50 US states such as Florida, which confirmed more than 10,000 new cases on Thursday. That marked the state’s largest daily spike so far. Moreover, this level exceeded single-day tallies of the pandemic cases from any European country.
California, another epicenter, saw positive tests climb 37% with people hospitalised up 56% over the past two weeks.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who has previously showed resistance to make face masks mandatory, on Thursday had ordered them to be worn in all counties with coronavirus cases over 20.
“In the past few weeks, there has been a swift and substantial spike in coronavirus cases,” Abbott said in a videotaped message. “We need to refocus on slowing the spread. But this time, we want to do it without closing down Texas again.”
On Thursday, Texas reported nearly 8,000 new cases.
According to a Reuters analysis, new infections were rising in 37 out of 50 US states in the past 14 days compared with the reports from two weeks before. The United States has now recorded nearly 129,000 deaths, which amounts to nearly a quarter of the global total.
The wave of new cases has several governors going back on plans to reopen their states after months of strict lockdowns, closing beaches and canceling fireworks displays ahead of Independence Day weekend.
‘STILL IN THE FIRST WAVE’
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said at a daily briefing on the pandemic, “We are not out of this crisis. We are still in the first wave of this crisis. It requires some level of personal responsibility.”
Earlier on Thursday, Kansas required face coverings after the infections rose to 46% in infections there last week.
The sweeping business shutdowns earlier in the pandemic devastated the U.S. economy and threw millions of Americans out of work, leaving governors reluctant to take such draconian steps again, even if the lifting of restrictions likely touched off the new outbreak.
A US Labour Department report out Thursday showed the re-openings had a drastic effect on hiring, with the United States creating jobs at a record pace in June. However, employment recorded 14.7 million jobs a level even below the coming of pandemic.
Trump told reporters at the White House, “Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back.”
As suggested by the stalling of economic activity in recent days during new clamp-down, the latest batch of high-frequency data was assembled by Federal Reserve officials, economists and private companies.
Oxford Economics analyst Gregory Daco wrote, “More than ever, we’re concerned about the worsening health situation and its impact on the burgeoning recovery. Rebounding mobility and poor use of protective equipment will make for a dangerous summer cocktail.”
Joe Biden, Trump’s expected rival for the presidency in November, bashed him on Thursday.
“Quit claiming victory with almost 15 million Americans still out of work because of the crisis. Quit ignoring the reality of this pandemic and the horrifying loss of American life,” Biden said in a campaign speech.
Meanwhile, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who attended a Trump rally last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been hospitalised after testing positive with COVID-19, as per his Twitter account. The statement did not say where he was infected.
Eight members of the campaign’s staff who were in Tulsa for the June 20 rally have also tested positive.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Florida on Thursday, where he met with Governor Ron DeSantis. He extended support for the governor’s “prudent steps” to reduce the spread of the virus.
Earlier, Pence said he and Trump supported decisions to put reopenings on hold. That said he also added that he doesn’t see a national mandate for face coverings as a need.
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