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U.S. coronavirus cases surge as states like Arizona and Texas report record increases

The U.S. reported more than 44,700 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the second-highest daily increase. As of Tuesday, the U.S. reported 41,132 new cases based on a seven-day moving average. Tuesday marked the sixth day the seven-day average exceeded previous highs set in April, when some officials thought the U.S. reached its peak. Texas reported a record increase in new cases and people hospitalized with Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to the state’s health department. For more coronavirus live updates: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/01/coronavirus-live-updates.html

The U.S. reported more than 44,700 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the second-highest daily increase since the beginning of the nation’s outbreak, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The newly reported cases bring the nation’s total to more than 2.63 million cases, roughly a quarter of the globes’ near 10.5 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins.

As of Tuesday, the U.S. reported an average of 41,132 new cases, based on the previous seven days to eliminate fluctuations in daily reporting. Tuesday marked the sixth day that average exceeded previous highs set in April, when some officials thought the U.S. reached its peak.

New cases rose by 5% or more in 40 states across the U.S., including in states like Florida, California and Texas.

Daily new case counts could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues at its current pace, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday. He said the U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic, adding that 50% of new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.

“I’m very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly,” Fauci told senators in a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

On Wednesday, both California and Arizona reported record increases in new cases, according to their health departments. California state officials later said that some of those new cases were confirmed earlier, but weren’t reported in the state’s official tally until Wednesday due to a backlog in reporting among local health departments. Arizona is nearing max capacity of intensive care unit beds with 1,495, or 89%, of the state’s ICU beds in use as of Tuesday.

Texas reported a record increase in new cases and people hospitalized with Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to the state’s health department. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered hospitals Tuesday to postpone elective surgeries in four additional counties to preserve space for Covid-19 patients.

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