Global virus death toll hits 500,000, United States battles surge

Global virus death toll hits 500,000, United States battles surge

With a record for cases seemingly set nearly daily across Florida, it's no surprise that the state established a new one-week high as the rampant grip of COVID-19 has exploded.

Bars in Los Angeles and six other Californian counties were ordered to close again on Sunday as parts of the United States reimpose shutdown measures to try to quell a surge in coronavirus cases. Public health officials in California and throughout the United States have identified bars as the riskiest non-essential businesses now open.

Consuming alcohol reduces inhibitions that leads to less compliance with wearing masks and keeping apart, health officials warn. Patrons in noisy bars often shout, which spreads droplets more widely.

Florida's new COVID-19 cases are alarmingly from the younger population.

Florida's total number of positive coronavirus cases is 132,545 as of Saturday morning, according to DOH. In many of these states, people under 35 have accounted for a large percentage of new cases.

Earlier this week New York, New Jersey and CT imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine on travellers from states with high infection rates like Texas and Florida, where some 13 percent of those tested on Friday came back positive.

The worsening contagion in the south and west comes as northern states, notably NY and its neighbours, which were hit hardest initially, have reported declining cases and have begun to forge ahead with reopening plans. One bar in East Lansing, Michigan has been linked to more than 85 cases, according to the Ingham County Health Department.

Aerial view of people in cars lined up for Covid-19 tests at Dodger Stadium LA
Aerial view of people in cars lined up for Covid-19 tests at Dodger Stadium LA

As temperatures rose to above 38 degrees celsius, dozens of people, mostly without masks climbed into inflatable inner tubes with coolers and took to the water to escape the heat.

"We need to understand, the COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very risky turn in Texas over just the past few weeks".

Some beaches in Florida are also closing ahead of the July 4 Independence Day holiday weekend, which would have drawn large crowds.

At a briefing on Friday, DeSantis blamed the spike in infections on young people interacting more in the last few weeks, adding that they faced a lower risk of dying than older people. "Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are", DeSantis said.

In Arizona, cases have risen by over 260% so far in June and jumped by a record of 3,800 plus cases on Sunday, the eighth record-breaking increase this month. Georgia reported a record increase of 2,225 cases on Sunday.

Three northeastern states that made significant progress beating back the pandemic - New York, New Jersey and CT - have urged visitors arriving from U.S. hotspots such as Texas, Florida and Alabama to quarantine themselves.

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday canceled events to campaign for Republican President Donald Trump's re-election in Florida and Arizona because of the outbreak.

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