•Bars may close down in Florida
• Americans should take safety precautions, says Anthony S. Fauci
Florida is reporting 8,942 new covid-19 cases on Friday, blowing past its single-day high of 5,511 set on Wednesday. It is the 19th day in a row the state has hit a new average high. Average cases are now up about 77 percent from a week ago, and 526 percent since Memorial Day.
Florida announced that bars may close down
Florida also announced Friday morning that bars must close immediately, a move echoed in Texas, a state also dealing with a surge in cases and nearing its capacity to care for those suffering.
The trajectory that we’re on right now has our hospitals being overwhelmed, probably about mid-July, Austin mayor Steve Adler (D) said during an appearance on CNN.
Americans are advised to stay safe, says Anthony S. Fauci
Less than a day after announcing it would pause reopening plans but not revert to stricter measures, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order that revives restrictions on bars, restaurants and certain types of outdoor recreation. Nationally, 39,327 new infections were reported by state health departments on Thursday, surpassing the previous record set a day earlier. Texas alone reported a record 5,996 new cases.
Here are some significant developments:
Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease doctor, urged Americans to see their role in taking safety precautions as a societal responsibility, and begged them not to let their guard down even if the risk to their own health is considered minimal.
Vice President Pence claimed that all 50 states ¡are opening up safely and responsibly¡as he began the first White House coronavirus task force news briefing in nearly two months. Pence acknowledged that cases have been rising precipitously in some states, but he also praised the work of the administration more broadly.
In another sign that hopes of a swift economic recovery may be losing steam, the number of homeowners delaying their mortgage payments shot up by 79,000, reflecting increasing financial burdens on American borrowers.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested that nationwide protests against racial injustice were largely responsible for the spike in coronavirus cases that have led to record-setting numbers of new cases in recent days, despite a lack of evidence supporting such a connection.
The World Health Organization said the virus could once again push health systems to the brink in Europe if new case numbers continue to grow. The dire warning came after 30 countries reported increases in the past two week