There has been a staggering increase in 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have warned could be the next epicenter.
Florida reported 9,585 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a one-day record since the start of the pandemic. The figure equates to what New York reached in everyday cases in early April.
But the frightening numbers could only be the tip of the iceberg: A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the total number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. could be six to 24 times higher than reported.
Where new cases are on the rise
The 36 states that are recording an increase in the number of cases include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana , Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Cases are constantly moving in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.
States hit a reopening break
At least 12 states have halted or withdrawn their reopening plans in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.
Washington state government Jay Inslee announced Saturday that it is pushing a stop button on a plan to reopen the state due to growing cases. Some counties were preparing to enter the fourth phase of reopening, “which would essentially mean no restrictions,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity and we cannot do that now,” the statement said. “It’s a situation that is evolving and we will continue to make decisions based on data.”
“I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly and socially distancing themselves from others. The more we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open Texas to work.”
The Arizona governor also announced that the reopening of the state was paused as a result of a major rush in cases.
Please young groups
“There’s a feeling that a lot of young people, even if you’re young so you feel a little more invincible, but, with respect, it can often be a selfish opinion,” Newsom said.
In Florida, DeSantis said, while the average age of those infected with the virus in March was 60s, the last two to three weeks have been falling on people in their early 30s.
The governor urged younger groups to be vigilant, saying that while there are no serious complications, the virus can be transmitted to someone who is. He said the state union conveys a “group of 18 to 35 years old”.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Andy Rose, Artemis Moshtaghian, Kristina Sgueglia, Gisela Crespo and Michael Nedelman contributed to this report.
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