Coronavirus cases surge in the US affecting July 4th celebrations
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Around 11,458 new cases were reported in Florida over the last 24 hours. This was considered to be a record number of cases in comparison to recent weeks. California reported 6,510 new cases. Many celebrations for the 4th of July celebrations were cancelled, and officials are urging the public to take all the necessary precautions to lessen the spread of the virus. US reported more than 50,000 new cases.
The 4th of July usually brings the public to the beaches, concerts, barbecues, parades and firework displays. This is reason to worry, in fact, many health officials have asked the public to wear masks and practice social distancing.
The virus continued to spread fast in most of the United States, but it seems to have spread faster in the South. Over the past 24 hours, Florida reported 11,458 cases, a new high for Florida. Texas reported 8,258 new cases, also a new high for the state. Hospitalizations in Arizona have also increased to a new record, and at one point, the ICU capacity in the largest hospital in Houston was more than 100%.
While in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, Donald Trump was announcing that they are ‘beating the China plague’. The crowd that was listening to Trump were not wearing masks, and there was no social distancing as one would expect.
In Florida, beaches were closed after the surge in cases, and a curfew was imposed for all residents. In California beaches were also closed. Around 80% of the fireworks displays were cancelled. In New York City, the famous Nathan’s hotdog eating contest was not cancelled, but it had no spectators.
The total number of cases in the United States is 2,934,168 and 132,302 deaths. The richest and the most advanced country on Earth is the worst hit country in the world.