CORONAVIRUS cases in the US have nearly doubled in the last week, troubling new data suggests.
There was a 46% increase in new cases of covid-19 in the week ending June 28 compared to the previous seven days, according to an analysis of data by Reuters.
It indicates the US is failing to slow transmission of the highly infectious virus, as Dr. Anthony Fauci told a Senate committee on Tuesday he was "very concerned" at the speed of the spread.
Twenty-one states reported positive test rates at a level the World Health Organization has flagged as concerning, according to the data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.
An average of 7% of diagnostic tests came back positive last week, up from 5% the prior week, according to the analysis.
Arizona’s positivity test rate was 24% last week, Florida’s was 16%, and Nevada, South Carolina and Texas’s were all 15%.
“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day," Dr Fauci said on Tuesday.
"I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned.”
The uptick in covid-19 cases has forced some states to halt re-opening.
The governors of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California states now considered hot spots for the virus, have taken steps in recent days to order businesses to close and residents to wear masks.
Florida ordered bars to close their doors on Friday and said beaches were closed ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend.
In a desperate bid to reverse the trend of Covid-19 rampaging through Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey on Monday signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings of more than 50 people.
He also ordered a ban on issuing new special event licenses and paused the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals.
Dr. Fauci on Tuesday painted a grim picture of coronavirus' predicted spread in the US.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed that he was "very concerned and not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction," reported Axios.
"I can't make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing," Fauci told the Senate Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
"I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country even though in other parts of the country they're doing well, they are vulnerable.
"I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can't just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk."
"We are now having 40,000+ new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I'm very concerned."
Fauci explained that a crippling surge has put "the entire country at risk" and "clearly we don't have this under control" as states experience an unprecedented increase in coronavirus cases.
More than 128,000 people in the US have died of covid-19.
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