On Tuesday, The United States registered 47,000 new COVID-19 cases, which is the largest 1-day increase since the pandemic began. In June, cases doubled in at least 10 states, including Florida and Texas.
Speaking to a U.S. senate committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “Clearly we are not in total control right now […] I am very concerned because it could get very bad.” Although there are a number of candidates, so far, there is no vaccine. However, Dr. Fauci hopes that “there will be doses available by the beginning of next year.”
Fauci said the daily increase in new cases could reach 100,000 unless a nationwide push was made to tamp down the resurgent virus.
“We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” he said.
Fauci said there was no guarantee of a vaccine, although early data had been promising: “Hopefully there will be doses available by the beginning of next year,” he said.
COVID-19 cases more than doubled in June in at least 10 states, including Texas and Florida, a Reuters tally showed. In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are in short supply.
More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs as states and major cities ordered residents to stay home and businesses closed. The economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and is expected to crater in the second.