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The United States reported more than 47,000 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic – as the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double and deaths could reach a “disturbing” level.California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new epicentres of the pandemic, reporting record increases in COVID-19 cases.
“Clearly, we are not in total control right now,” Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Senate committee. “I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”
Fauci said the daily increase in new cases could reach 100,000 unless efforts to tackle the disease were stepped up. He called on Americans to abide by health guidelines, urging people to cover their faces when out in public and avoid crowded places.
“We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” he said.
Fauci’s comments came as the daily death toll reached 1,199, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It is the first time it has risen above 1,000 since June 10. The US has recorded 127,322 deaths since the pandemic began, the highest …
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