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Coronavirus cases rising in 40 states

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:24 AM


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases per day in the United States (US) climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

In another alarming indicator, 36 states are seeing an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus.

“I think we are going to be in a very difficult situation for at least a month,” said Dr Mary Jo Trepka, an epidemiologist at Florida International University in one of the hardest-hit states.

The surge has been blamed in part on Americans not wearing masks or following other social-distancing rules as states lifted their lockdowns over the past few weeks.

The US recorded 50,700 new cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. That represents a doubling of the daily total over the past month and is higher even than what the country witnessed during the most lethal phase of the crisis in April and May, when the New York metropolitan area was easily the worst hotspot in the US.

All but 10 states are showing an upswing in newly reported cases over the past 14 days, according to data compiled by the volunteer COVID Tracking Project. The outbreaks are most severe in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, which, together with California, have re-closed or otherwise clamped back down on bars, restaurants, and movie theatres over the past week or so.

Nebraska and South Dakota were the only states outside the Northeast with a downward trend in cases.