Coronavirus cases have surged back to levels seen at the peak of the outbreak, as five states hit record single-day COVID-19 numbers.
The figures across the United States are the highest they have been in two months.
On Tuesday, the country reported 34,700 new cases of the coronavirus.
There have been only two previous days that the U.S. has reported more cases, April 9 and 24, when a record 36,400 cases were logged.
New cases in the United States have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks.
States across the country have followed recommendations that there should be more coronavirus testing.
While early hot spots like New York and New Jersey have seen cases steadily decrease, the coronavirus has been hitting the south and west.
On Wednesday, the governors of the two states, along with Connecticut, announced that they are placing a 14-day quarantine on anyone arriving from a state with high COVID infection numbers in a bid to keep their coronavirus statistics on the decline.
Several states on Tuesday set single-day records, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas.
Notably, California reached more than 6,000 positive tests in just one day.
Texas governor Greg Abbott pleaded with residents to stay at home as the state saw a rise in 5,000 cases.
In the state of Arizona, which on Tuesday reported a record 3,600 new infections, hundreds of young conservatives packed a megachurch to hear President Trump’s call for them to back his reelection bid.
A couple of days ago there were 30,000 new infections” in just one day, Dr. Fauci said, it was very troubling.
He added – The next couple of weeks are going to be critical to address those surges that we’re seeing in Arizona, Florida, Texas, and other states.
Dr. Fauci added that it was vital that the U.S. continued to test vigilantly amid reports that President Donald Trump had told experts to slow down testing.
Though testing has been ramped up, experts are still concerned that the rise in cases is unusual despite President Trump’s assertion this week that the higher caseload was solely due to increased testing.
He said – To my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing, In fact, we will be doing more testing.
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