U.S. states reimpose virus measures

Saturday, 27 Jun, 2020

The virus has been blamed for over 120,000 US deaths - the highest toll in the world - and more than 2.3 million confirmed infections nationwide.

In recent days record levels of hospitalisations have been reported in eight states - Arizona, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. That same day, Texas reported almost 6,000 cases and almost 5,000 hospitalizations. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move.

Colleen Corbett, a 30-year-old bartender at two places in Tampa, said that she was disappointed and anxious about being unemployed again but that the restrictions are the right move.

Similarly, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas put off lifting any more restrictions Thursday and reimposed a ban on elective surgeries in some places to preserve hospital space after the number of patients statewide more than doubled in two weeks.

The alarming spike in cases has prompted several states to pause their reopening plans, including Oregon, Utah and Texas. But U.S. health officials believe the true number of infections is about 10 times higher.

In the U.S., Arizona reported over 3,000 additional infections reported Thursday, the fourth day in a week with a increase over that mark.

Cuomo, a Democrat, told a briefing that states that followed guidance from the White House are now seeing a spike in cases, arguing that NY curbed the outbreak by taking what he called a scientific, rather than a political, approach. These are the states with the most COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, a new study suggests that as many as 8.7 million Americans came down with coronavirus in March, but more than 80% of them were never diagnosed, CNN reported.

Officials have long known that many cases have been missed because of testing gaps and a lack of symptoms in some infected people.

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The United States has been the worst affected country by the coronavirus with some 2.5 million infections and 125,000 deaths.

USA officials on Wednesday imposed tough measures including quarantines and stay-at-home advice, as daily coronavirus cases approached record levels after surging across the nation's South and West. It also lowered the death rate for patients who require oxygen (but are not yet on a ventilator) by one-fifth, the Times reported.

The head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the US has only counted about 10% of coronavirus infections.

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Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence said that 16 states are seeing an increase in infections and that the federal government is focused on rising cases in the South.

. More than 29.2 million tests have been conducted so far. Worldwide, the virus has claimed close to a half-million lives, according to Johns Hopkins.

The government of Texas, one of the first states in the country to reopen its economy, on Friday ordered bars to close except for delivery and take-out services, while limiting restaurants to 50 percent capacity.