According to a Reuters count, new COVID-19 cases in the United States increased by almost 50,000 on Wednesday, marking the largest one-day increase since the pandemic started. The record follows a alert from top government infectious disease expert that the number could soon double to 100,000 cases a day if Americans don’t come together and take the required measures to stop the resurgent spread of the virus, such as wearing masks when they can’t practice social distance.
The United States added about 22,000 new cases of coronavirus per day during the first week of June. Yet as the month progressed, hotspots over the Sun Belt started to appear. Regular new infections nearly doubled to 42,000 nationally in the last 7 days of June. Brazil is the only other nation with more than 50,000 new cases registered in one day. The United States on Tuesday announced a total of 49,286 cases. Each day, over half of the new U.S. cases come from Arizona , California, Florida, and Texas, home to 30% of the country’s population. In June all four states plus ten others saw new cases more than double.
The annual rise in new cases could exceed 100,000 unless the fast-spreading virus was pushed nationally, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a U.S. Tuesday, Senate Committee. “We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” Fauci said.