It flooded hospitals within days, forced people to rethink their holidays and sparked a debate about reopening the school. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now approaching 3 million.
Although the future of the U.S. pandemic is still unclear, here’s what happened in the last few days.
The next day, Trump gave a speech on the White House South Lawn, where few guests seemed to have practiced social distancing, and many did not wear masks.
The beaches were crowded on the fourth of July
Some Americans changed the traditional celebration of July 4th, while others went to the beaches to enjoy the holiday weekend.
Crowds were spotted in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; New York’s Coney Island and California’s San Diego Beach. In Miami and Los Angeles, beaches were left empty after officials kept them closed for the weekend.
People waited a few hours to get tested
Covid-19 testing capacity has increased significantly since March, but the recent rise in cases is causing lengthy tests and slow results.
Some hospitals have reached capacity
The number of daily hospitalizations in many states is growing, which is why resources including staff, beds and ventilators are critical.
A debate erupted over the reopening of the school
The debate over how schools will reopen in the fall has intensified this week amid concerns about the coronavirus.
Teachers at some of Florida’s largest schools are pushing back and gathering to protest.
“We’re going to put a lot of pressure on governors and everyone else to open schools to open them,” Trump said at a White House event on Tuesday.
MLS is returning despite concerns about the coronavirus
The league-modified tournament in Orlando, Florida, is set to begin Wednesday after more than a dozen people, including FC Dallas and Nashville SC players, tested positive for the virus.