States across the US announced 48,000 positive COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, according to a tally by The New York Times.
That’s the fourth time in a week that the US has surged past its previous daily high of coronavirus cases.
“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate committee earlier on Tuesday.
He warned that the “consequences could be really serious” if states rush ahead with plans to reopen their economies.
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The United States broke another COVID-19 record reporting the highest single-day number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
It is the fourth time in the last seven days that this has happened.
According to data from The New York Times, states across the US announced 48,000 positive tests on Tuesday. (Johns Hopkins University’s daily cases data was only available through June 29.)
Soon enough, the US could see that number double, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress earlier in the day.
“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate committee. He warned that the “consequences could be really serious” if states rush ahead with plans to reopen their economies without first building the capacity to test and trace infected individuals’ contact with others.
Several states have indeed halted such plans, with Texas and California alike hitting pause and seeking to once again limit the drinking of alcohol indoors.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, is bucking the trend. “We’re not going back, closing things,” he told reporters on Tuesday, as Axios noted, the same day the state’s Department of Health reported 6,000 new coronavirus cases. “I don’t think that that’s really what’s driving it, people going to a business is not what’s driving it.”
On Monday, however, Dr. Mark Supino, an emergency medicine physician at Jackson Health System in Miami, told Business Insider that the surge in cases clearly tracks with the state’s early reopening.
“When everything started to open up and ease up, then our volume picked up,” he said.
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