Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only 2 states where coronavirus cases are declining as the virus surges in the US
Only two US states, Connecticut and Rhode Island, are reporting declining coronavirus cases, per CNN. 36 states are seeing rising cases, while numbers are holding steady in the remaining states. The US has been breaking records for new daily cases, with an all-time one-day high of 40,000 new cases on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly half of US states started reopening in late April and early May without meeting White House requirements. The US now has 2,510,337 confirmed cases, with global cases exceeding 10 million. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
As the coronavirus surges in the US, only two states — Connecticut and Rhode Island — are reporting declining cases, per CNN. In 36 states, cases are rising, with the country reaching an all-time one-day high of 40,000 new cases on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, confirmed cases have exceeded 10 million, with 2,510,337 of those in the US, per Johns Hopkins University. The growth of new US cases could have multiple causes, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, the nation's top doctor, said in an interview with Business Insider on Saturday. "In some places it may be because they did in fact reopen too early," Adams told Business Insider. "In other cases it may be that they reopened right on time and that the governmental institutions and public health institutions did everything right, but that the citizens did not have the will or desire or the follow through to do the social distancing that we have recommended, and to wear coverings as we have recommended." Nearly half of US states started reopening in late April and early May without meeting White House requirements, which dictated that states should wait to see downward trends in cases or positive tests before reopening, as Business Insider's Aria Bendix recently reported. Now, the 36 states seeing a surge in new cases include California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, and Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said last week he would pause the state's reopening, and the next day he closed bars and limited restaurant capacity.
Connecticut and Rhode Island, however, have so far bucked the trend of swelling infection rates. In Connecticut, the first phase of reopening from its lockdown started on May 20, after several days of declining cases and hospitalizations. The state entered its second reopening phase of on June 17, a few days ahead of schedule, as hospitalizations and infection rates remained low. Rhode Island's first phase of reopening started on May 9, after Gov. Gina Raimondo said that cases and hospitalizations had held steady for two weeks, with a 25% drop in new cases in that time period. Since then, average new cases have continued to decline, with hospitalizations dropping below 100 on Friday. Gov. Raimondo had said back in April that, before reopening, Rhode Island would need to meet requirements that included 14 days with decreasing new cases, the capacity to quickly identify community spread, adequate capacity in the healthcare system, and plans for long-term social distancing measures.SEE ALSO: As coronavirus cases surge to a record, the Trump administration's top doctor says some places likely opened up too early DON'T MISS: Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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The World Health Organization reported back-to-back record-high daily increases in new coronavirus cases
The World Health Organization on Saturday reported a second single-day record of new confirmed coronavirus cases....The World Health Organization on Saturday reported a second single-day record of new confirmed coronavirus cases. The organization announced 259,848 new cases on Saturday after recording more than 237,000 confirmed cases on Friday identified around the world. A database by The New York Times said the US shattered its single-day record for new cases on July 16 with more than 75,600 as India recorded the world's second-highest surge with about 30,000 new cases each day. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The World Health Organization is again posting a single-day record of new confirmed coronavirus cases. It announced 259,848 new cases on Saturday. The WHO on Friday posted more than 237,000 confirmed cases around the world. The back-to-back records come as many nations struggle with new waves of infections after loosening lockdown restrictions. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University show more than 14 million cases worldwide since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 600,000 deaths. The US currently leads the world in number of new cases, comprising a total of more than 3.6 million cases. A database by The New York Times said the country shattered its single-day record for new cases on July 16 with more than 75,600. The Times also reported that one day later, India surpassed a million confirmed infections and 25,000 deaths, making it third for newest cases and overall. The country is recording about 30,000 new cases a day, according to The Times, which is triple the cases identified around three months ago. Brazil is still second in the world for total infections in the pandemic, per Johns Hopkins data, counting more than 2 million cases. The surge of new cases comes amid record-breaking US state statistics reported in recent weeks. California rolled back its reopening plans in the wake of recent spikes in new cases as authorities in other states across the US have remained locked in debate over issues like face mask mandates and reopening schools. Despite the record highs elsewhere in the country, New York City is slated to enter Phase 4 of its reopening on Monday, July 20, marking a milestone for the city that previously counted a peak of 10,000 new cases per day in April. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote in a tweet that the newest phase that won't include indoor restaurants, bars, museums, and malls, but he was "so proud of what New Yorkers have done" to reach the development as "we must continue to be on alert."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
A new tracker from Johns Hopkins University lets you compare the trajectory of coronavirus cases in...A new tracker from Johns Hopkins University lets you compare the trajectory of coronavirus cases in each state with the reopening policies there.
US federal government starts to roll back testing programAmericans urged to stick to guidelines as several...US federal government starts to roll back testing programAmericans urged to stick to guidelines as several states hit by increasesThe US has recorded a one-day total of 34,700 new Covid-19 cases, the highest level since late April, when the number peaked at 36,400, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University.A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the US and sending infections to dire new levels in southern and western states. Continue reading...