COVID-19 cases surge in the US
New coronavirus infections topped 15,000 in Florida, the largest one-day increase in any state since the start of the pandemic, while more than half of U.S. states—including some that avoided a significant surge in the spring—were reporting steady climbs in new cases, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The number of daily infections in the U.S. surpassed 60,000 for a third consecutive day on Saturday, after reaching a record of more than 66,000 cases the previous day, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed.
And as experts feared would happen, COVID-19 deaths in America have started to rise, following a surge in newly diagnosed cases beginning in the middle of June. According to BuzzFeed News, while infectious disease specialists are hopeful that the number of deaths won’t grow to match the carnage seen in New York State back in April, where the death toll peaked at around 1,000 per day, it’s unclear how quickly deaths may rise in the worst affected states in the coming weeks.
And it’s not just the elderly dying. Young people—like the man in his 30s who attended a “COVID party” to test if the virus was real—died over the weekend.
The accelerating spread, which is fast moving beyond several big Sunbelt states to other pockets of the country, has some public-health experts voicing dire warnings. “We are now in a more severe state of the epidemic than we have ever been,” said Lisa M. Lee, a public-health expert specializing in infectious-disease epidemiology and public-health ethics at Virginia Tech University.
Meanwhile, MSN reports that the White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, as it works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings in America’s coronavirus response.
President Trump was seen wearing a mask publicly for the first time this past weekend.