The city of Chicago reimposed some coronavirus restrictions on Monday and the state of Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases for the sixth day in a row, as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the United States.
In a rare ray of hope, New York state reported the fewest hospitalisations from the coronavirus in four months and New York City entered a new phase of reopening on Monday. But the progress – in the very city and state that were once the epicentre – was eclipsed by the grim news nearly everywhere else.
New York state recorded only eight deaths on Sunday while the total number of people hospitalised for the disease fell to 716, the fewest since March 18, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
But metrics for the country as a whole have grown worse. Thirty-two states have reported record increases in COVID-19 cases in July while 15 states have reported record increases in deaths. Deaths, hospitalisations and rates of positive test results continue to climb with at least 15 states reporting record hospitalisations so far in July, according to a Reuters tally.
The virus has killed 140,000 people in the US and infected some 3.7 million, both figures leading the world.
The top infectious disease specialist in the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told the nation’s governors that the best way to manage the surging coronavirus – and prevent future outbreaks – is to stick to what he called the “fundamentals”, which include the universal wearing of face masks, shutting bars, limiting indoor dining, avoiding crowds and frequent handwashing.