U.S. reports more than 30,000 coronavirus cases two days straight, the highest number since May 1
The U.S reported more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday and Saturday, the highest daily totals since May 1, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New cases are rising in states across the South, West and Midwest. Seven states hit record cases on Saturday, including Florida and South Carolina, which had their third consecutive day breaking single-day records.
Florida reported 4,049 new cases on Saturday and South Carolina reported 1,157 new cases. Missouri and Nevada also hit records, reporting 389 cases and 445 cases. Montana, Utah and Arizona also hit records.
Twenty-three states, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have seen an increase in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, according to NBC News. Six states have seen new cases plateau during that same period. Twenty states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have seen coronavirus cases decrease over the past 14 days.
Officials are warning that some clusters of infections are apparent among younger people who are crowding bars and parties.
The resurgence of the virus across the U.S. comes as states re-open economies after months of lockdowns and people return to normal activities, some of whom do not follow social distancing guidelines and do not wear masks to curb the spread of the virus.
New daily cases in the U.S. appeared to be going down throughout May into early June, but ticked up when states re-opened.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts between 129,000 and 145,000 total reported Covid-19 deaths by July 11. Since the start of the outbreak, more than 2.2 million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 119,921 people have died.
The CDC also expanded its list of states where coronavirus related deaths are expected to accelerate over the next four weeks compared with the past four weeks, which includes Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, people gathered for President Donald Trump’s rally Saturday evening, concerning health officials as the state experiences a continued increase in cases. Pictures show many attendees without face masks, which are not required at the rally. Attendance was lower than expected.
Six members of Trump’s team who were working on the Tulsa rally tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the president’s campaign.
There are no FDA-approved drugs to treat the coronavirus. The National Institutes of Health said on Saturday that it halted a clinical trial of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, saying it had no benefits.