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US breaks single-day record with 60, 000 new COVID-19 cases

*Texas, California lead with more than 10,000 Coronavirus cases each

*Florida’s Intensive Care Units reaching limits

*US ‘not in total control’ of pandemic, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, top infectious disease expert

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and disrupt normal life amid limited socio-economic activities, more than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States (US) Tuesday, July 7, marking a grim new record for cases reported in a 24-hour period in the country.

The US previous single-day record of 54,000 new cases was reported last Thursday, as the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University revealed that the total number of cases in the country has now exceeded three million mark, agency report said.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University indicated that the total US confirmed cases stood at 3,009,611 while the aggregate deaths in the US were put at 131,594 as of Wednesday, July 8.

It was further learnt that a large number of cases had emerged in the South and Southwest.

Report said that nearly half of all new cases in the country have come out of Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, while the biggest jumps in cases were reported to have occurred in Texas and California, with more than 10,000 each.

Report indicated that the number of deaths from the virus has fallen in recent weeks, which President Donald Trump, who is pushing for schools to reopen in the fall, is taking as a sign of overall improvement.

“Our mortality rate is right now at a level that people don’t talk about, but it’s down ten-fold,” President Trump said in a White House briefing.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert, isn’t quite as optimistic about the state of the outbreak.

Dr. Fauci said Trump’s was “a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” saying, “there’s so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus.”

He recently said the nation is “not in total control” of the pandemic.

According to infectious disease expert, the numbers could rise to a level that’s “very disturbing” if the trends we’re seeing now continue, and he wouldn’t be surprised if the average number of new cases per day eventually reached 100,000.

“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” Fauci said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream Monday, July 6.

Meanwhile, there is said to be pressure on states to reopen schools, even as Florida’s Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are reaching capacity limit, says a report.

Despite a new surge in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across much of the US, President Trump says the White House will pressure governors to make sure children are back in school this fall.

“We’re very much going to put pressure on the governors and the schools to reopen.

Open your schools in the fall,” Trump said at a White House event with educators.

Additional reporting by Gbenga Kayode

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