Jul 02, 2020 10:02 UTC
  •  US states halt reopenings as coronavirus resurges

Governors of several US states have halted or rolled back steps to reopen their economies due to resurgence in coronavirus cases, although President Donald Trump insisted that the pandemic nears its end across the country.

Eight states, including California and New York moved to extend coronavirus restrictions as health authorities reported new single-day highs of freshly diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.

On Wednesday, the national daily total cases of the infection hit 52,000, according to Johns Hopkins University that compiles data on the pandemic.

The figure marks the biggest one-day spike since the start of the epidemic in the United States, which so far recorded a total number of 2,685,806 confirmed cases and 128,061 virus deaths.

“The spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom, who dialed back reopening of the state’s economy on Wednesday.

Newsom ordered bans on indoor dining, the closure of bars and stepping up enforcement of social distancing and other measures in 19 counties.

California has also moved to re-activate four non-hospital sites, as more Californians need to be hospitalized and require intensive care than at any prior point in the pandemic.

The state has registered a total number of 238,681 cases of COVID-19 and 6,169 deaths as of Wednesday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also warned on Wednesday that there are “dark clouds on the horizon.”

“We’ve been through Hell and back, but this is not over and this can still rear its ugly head anywhere in this nation and in this state” Cuomo said.

He said that states such as Texas, Florida and Arizona, which reopened too fast, now have to close again, with a surge in new cases and hospitalizations in recent days.

“Now they’re all singing a different tune,” Cuomo said. “Now they’re all starting to say, ‘We better take this seriously. We better start wearing masks.’ They’re going backwards on their reopening plan.” 

New York has recorded 394,079 confirmed cases of the diseases and 32,043 deaths.

Cuomo criticized President Donald Trump, who in recent weeks claimed that the pandemic is near its end in the United States.

“He denied the reality of the virus,” Cuomo said.

The governor cited warnings from White House health advisor Anthony Fauci, that the US is “going in the wrong direction” over handling of the epidemic, and that the death toll “is going to be very disturbing.”

Fauci said on Tuesday the country could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases daily unless action is taken to reverse the epidemic.