20m people may have been infected with COVID-19 in US — CDC

Saturday, 27 Jun, 2020

A color-coded data map, compiled by spatial analytics company Esri, shows how the United States is faring in terms of infections by tracking the number of new COVID-19 cases on a county level. But the state now shows "all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission", scientists told CNN.

Texas is now in Phase 3 of its reopening. China reported 12 cases nationwide on Wednesday, down from 22 the day before.

The southwestern border state of Arizona is seeing unsafe spikes too.

DeSantis declined to order a state-wide mandatory masking policy as leaders in California and Washington state have done.

About half the counties in Texas are now seeing epidemic and spreading trends in new infections. But because so many who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 could either have mild disease or not know they were infected at all, Redfield said, current information on the burden of cases is an underestimate.

In California, which reported a record 7,149 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, Disney said it was delaying reopening of its Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park originally set for 17 July. Delhi recorded 3,460 fresh cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 77,000, while the death toll mounted to 2,492. The two states joined the small but growing list of those that are either backtracking or putting any further reopenings of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the South and West.

Experts, however, say that country should be testing roughly 1 million to 3 million people a day to prevent additional flareups.

The spike was a result of worsening conditions across much of the country, as well as increased testing.

Which states are worst hit?

"This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread", Abbott said.

Three northeastern states that made progress beating back the pandemic - New York, New Jersey and CT - on Wednesday urged visitors arriving from USA hotspots to quarantine themselves. California and Texas are also experiencing spikes. 6,670 patients have recovered, and the state has reported 170 deaths. The surge in cases on Tuesday was the highest since a record of 36,426 new infections on April 24.

Wider availability of testing plays a role in seeing infection rates go up as at the start of the pandemic only the most vulnerable patients were given access to testing. Mr Newsom has made wearing a face mask mandatory in public.

"While we are all at risk for COVID-19, we need to be aware of who is susceptible to severe complications so that we take appropriate measures to protect their health and well-being", Redfield said.

A positivity rate is the total number of tests conducted in a day and the number which came back positive for Covid-19.

There are concerns that the Texan city of Houston could turn into a new virus epicenter, with Abbot ordering a halt to elective surgeries in some hospitals to free-up beds.

That's the conclusion of officials at the Centers of Disease Control and many other experts. In Florida, several counties and cities recently enacted mask requirements and cracked down on businesses that do not enforce social distancing rules.

More than a dozen U.S. states and some major cities have face-covering rules.

'The virus hasn't changed.

Although every age group saw an increase in cases during the first week in June, the numbers shot up fastest among 18- to 49-year-olds. There are now 1,89,463 active cases and 2,85,636 recoveries. ABC News reports that federal officials hope to be able to run 20-40 million tests per month beginning this fall.