USA states backtrack reopenings amid new coronavirus surge

USA states backtrack reopenings amid new coronavirus surge”

The rate of contagion has doubled since May 21.

Even in states where cases have been declining for weeks, bars have been a source of outbreaks.

For the third day in a row, Florida is seeing more than 8,000 new coronavirus cases.

Consuming alcohol reduces inhibitions that leads to less compliance with wearing masks and keeping apart, health officials warn.

New hospitalizations are also ticking upward, although not as dramatically as the new cases.

Infections are up too in some other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe registering a caseload of over 2.6 million, although daily rates have stabilised.

Los Angeles and Californian counties ordered bars to close as Texas governor Greg Abbott said the coronavirus situation had "taken a very swift and very risky turn in Texas". In the US, there are more than 2.5 million reported cases with over 125,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

But Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city, only re-opened its bars on June 19.

California had already ordered some areas to reinstate stay-at-home orders, while San Francisco announced a "pause" in its reopening.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis conceded there had been an "explosion" in new cases as the state notched a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours.

Mr. Pence urged Texans to follow local laws requiring masks and said towns and counties in about half the state are requiring face coverings in public. Meanwhile in Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, authorities said they would be closing beaches during the busy Fourth of July weekend following the decision of Miami-Dade County to close theirs between July 3 and July 7.

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California on Sunday ordered some bars to close, the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous USA state as cases nationwide soar to record levels day after day.

Over 10 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19, and almost 500,000 have died.

Beijing official Xu Hejian described the situation as "severe and complicated". Several restaurants were shut down over the weekend in Broward County for not following rules restricting capacity and mandating the use of masks.

In Paris, police used tear gas to disperse crowds of young people who had gathered for an impromptu party on Saturday evening.

President Donald Trump has pushed firmly for the US economy to reopen despite the surge in cases as he prepares for a tough battle to hold onto office in November elections.

U.S. deaths now exceed 125,000, about a quarter of the world total.

"We need to implement more aggressive social distancing measures now", said the renowned vaccine scientist.

Just a day after he sounded a note of optimism about the United States response to the pandemic and said the country was in "a much better place", Vice President Mike Pence cancelled events to campaign for Republican President Donald Trump's re-election in Florida and Arizona due to the outbreak, campaign officials said on Saturday.

Infections are also running higher in India, with densely populated cities particularly hard hit. Georgia reported a record increase of 2,225 cases on Sunday.

Many global events have had to be curtailed because of the pandemic, with the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march marked mostly online.

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