US reports record jump in coronavirus cases for third straight day
The US reported more than 44,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the third record daily increase in a row.
A further 44,373 people tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project, following back to back daily increases of about 39,000 on Wednesday and Thursday.
Florida (8,942) had a record one-day jump, which governor Ron DeSantis partly put down to a “big dump” of tests. He acknowledged the positivity rate among Floridians who have been tested has more than tripled from about 3 per cent at the end of May.
Only the state of New York, during the depths of its crisis, has experienced a bigger one-day jump in new cases than Florida.
Texas reported 5,707 new cases over the past day, down from a record 5,996 on Thursday. Governor Greg Abbott on Friday morning reversed the Lone Star state’s reopening plans and ordered all bars to close and restaurants to reduce their indoor dining capacity. Mr Abbott doubled down on moves announced yesterday when he ordered a pause in the state’s reopening plans and for hospitals in its biggest cities to ban elective surgeries.
Authorities in Florida also banned bars from selling alcohol that would be consumed on site from today.
California reported 4,890 new cases, the first time in four days it has had a daily increase of fewer than 5,000. Concerned by the rising number of cases in her city, San Francisco’s mayor announced plans to continue easing lockdown restrictions on Monday would be put on hold.
Arizona (3,518), Georgia (1,900),North Carolina (1,635), Tennessee (1,410), Louisiana (1,354), South Carolina (1,313) were the other states to report daily increases of more than 1,000 cases.
Of those, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee had record jumps, while the others remained close to their peaks. Kansas (568) and Utah (676) rounded out the sextet of states to report record one-day rises, according to an FT analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.