- The corona virus continues to plate the United States.
- Over 4.4 million people have been tested positive for the infection and the country has exceeded 150,000 COVID-19 deaths.
- California and Florida had one-day deaths, and Texas outnumbered New York's.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concern about the Midwest states and told ABC News that a rising COVID-19 positive rate is "a surefire sign that you really have to be careful".
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake the United States.
More than 4.4 million people were infected in the worst outbreak in the world. based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country set another important milestone on Wednesday: the number of COVID 19 deaths exceeded 150,000.
The White House produced a report that was not published and called on 21 states in the "red zone" to impose additional restrictions, including the use of face masks, the closing of bars and gyms, and the limitation of social gatherings to 10 people. according to the New York Times.
These hard-hit states have registered more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people last week, The Times reported.
The list includes: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Texas, Florida and California set grim records on Wednesday
This week, many of these countries saw record-breaking coronavirus outbreaks.
California, which has the highest number of cases in the United States with more than 485,800, recorded the highest increase in deaths in one day on Wednesday.
"Tragically, CA passed another dark milestone today: 197 deaths. Our highest value in a single day." Governor Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter. The total number of deaths is now at least 8,912.
Florida, with the second worst outbreak in the nation, broke its own one-day COVID-19 death record as officials tried to shut down coronavirus testing sites to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias.
The states The health ministry announced 253 new coronavirus deaths on ThursdayThe total number of deaths rose to over 6,500. The previous daily record was 216 deaths, which were set up just one day earlier.
Texas confirmed nearly 419,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, overtaking New York's number of cases. Johns Hopkins data shows that it is now the third worst country in the country.
Fauci and Birx are concerned about the Midwest
As cases and deaths increased this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, ABC News said: "We simply cannot afford another increase."
In particular, Fauci expressed concern about the state of affairs in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.
A "very early hint" at rising COVID-19 positivity rates is a "surefire sign that you have to be really careful," Fauci told Good Morning America.
Fauci told ABC News He and Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, spoke to state governors and asked them to take measures to curb the transmission rate of the infection. According to their suggestions, people are advised to wear face masks, wash their hands frequently, and stay away from large crowds and indoors, such as bars, where the coronavirus can easily spread.
"If we do that, we will hopefully prevent several other states from becoming exactly like the southern states," he added.