US reports daily case record of 52,000

The US recorded 52,000 new cases on Wednesday according to Johns Hopkins figures, a new all-time daily high as Donald Trump has said he believes the coronavirus will “just disappear”.

Eight states had reported new single-day highs of freshly diagnosed cases on Tuesday, when the national daily total for new cases sat at just over 44,000, a record until the new figure emerged for Wednesday. The spike followed a warning by the public health expert Dr Anthony Fauci that the US is “going in the wrong direction” and infections could more than double, to reach 100,000 cases a day.

Officials in Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas announced single-day-high case numbers for Tuesday. The Covid Tracking Project said that the US’s seven-day average for new daily cases has doubled since 13 June, and that hospitalizations jumped by the highest number since 21 April.

The European Union confirmed on Tuesday it would bar Americans from non-essential travel to the bloc while the US struggles to bring the virus under control.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, excoriated Trump for his continued defense of the administration’s slow and chaotic response to the outbreak, saying at a press briefing: “The buck stops on the president’s desk”.

“He was in denial. He has been denying what every health expert in America has been saying. Come clean with the American people. At least have the courage to admit what everybody else already knows: you were wrong,” Cuomo said.

The governor went on to implore states to reject the president’s rhetoric and listen to the science, making a play on Trump’s former time as a reality TV host.

“Denying reality does not defeat reality. He has lived in denial, and he has been denying the scientific facts since day one,” he said. “Reality wins and reality won, and now the country is suffering because of the president”.

A number of states have been forced to roll back reopening efforts. In California, the governor ordered the closure of all recently reopened bars on Wednesday, and halted indoor operations of restaurants, movie theaters, museums and zoos across the majority of the state following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, abruptly ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to shut down this week, as the state became one of the worst hit in the US.

In Texas, elective surgeries in some counties were abandoned, as the state grapples with more than 6,500 people hospitalized from Covid-19. Meanwhile, several Texas bar owners filed a $10m federal lawsuit against state governor Greg Abbott, in an attempt to void his executive order shutting down bars for a second time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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