With more than 52 000 new Covid-19 cases in the United States alone in the past 24 hours, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, several U.S. states imposed 14-day quarantines on visitors in the build-up to the long weekend's 4 July celebrations.
The U.S. on Wednesday reported more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as states across the nation paused reopening plans due to a recent surge in infections.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who was one of the first state leaders to impose a stay-at-home order in March, on Wednesday ordered indoor nonessential businesses in 19 counties across the state to close.
The California shutdown announcement, which came just ahead of a Fourth of July weekend that could fuel the spread of the virus, applies to about 30 million people, including Los Angeles County.
Many states are struggling to contain the spread of the pandemic, blamed in part on Americans not wearing masks or following social distancing rules. "I think that, at some point, that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope".
In South Africa on Thursday, authorities reported 8,124 new cases, which was a new daily record. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said many cases were linked to nightclubs and bars, and urged their workers to proactively be tested and take further safety measures.
"Too many people were crowding into restaurants late at night, turning these establishments into breeding grounds for this deadly virus", Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
Louisiana saw its biggest daily spike since April, reporting 2,100 new cases in 24 hours. Georgia set a new daily record with almost 3,000 new cases.
As states tried to relax quarantine rules and reopen their economies, but in the last seven days of June, daily new infections nearly doubled to 42,000 nationally.
It's not just cases that are on the rise. "But the news we have gotten from around the country gets worse and worse all the time", he said.
According to The Washington Post, the United States recorded 52,770 cases, while data from Johns Hopkins University reported 46,853 new daily cases. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, testified before Congress on Tuesday that those states were accounting for about 50 percent of the country's new cases on average.
The U.S. has now reported almost 2.7 million cases and more than 128,000 dead. Worldwide, the number of infections is put at more than 10.6 million, with over a half-million deaths.