United States could see 100000 new Covid-19 cases per day, Fauci says


California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new epicentres of the pandemic, reporting record increases in COVID-19 cases. "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around", he told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which convened to discuss plans for reopening schools and work offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

"I am also quite concerned about what we are seeing evolve right now in several states", said Fauci.

In Washington, Fauci, a member of Trump's coronavirus task force, warned Congress that new cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if steps are not taken to suppress the pandemic.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) specifically urged Trump on Sunday to wear a mask in order to "help to get rid of this political debate", Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

Fauci rejected that narrative one day later, warning that outbreaks in certain areas put the entire country at risk.

Fauci's comments came as the daily death toll reached 1,199, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country's first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020.

The Memorial Day reopening of states triggered the new, and far worse, spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S.

He noted that remdesivir, an antiviral medication, has shown a reduction in hospitalization days among COVID-19 patients. That's less effective than many of today's vaccines but independent experts say that would be a good start against the virus.

The European Union is reopening its borders to 15 countries, but not to travelers from the United States. "Remember, a lot of cases are going undetected because not everybody can get testing", he said.

New cases in California hit daily record
LA County's numbers join the overall 69% rise in COVID-19 cases across California, an increase that spanned only two days. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday blamed rapid transmission in the 18-35 age group for the new rise in daily cases.

The European Union has excluded the USA from its initial "safe list" of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter for nonessential travel to the bloc starting Wednesday, the EU said Tuesday.

"It didn't have to be this way".

Giroir said the US government has contracted for "hundreds of millions of cloth face coverings" that could be distributed around the country.

A lifeguard keeps watch over packed Huntington Beach in California on June 27. NY and New Jersey are rethinking plans to allow indoor dining again, citing bad experiences in other states and their desire to avoid another crisis after getting slammed early on.

Germany, which has been praised for its handling of COVID-19, also saw its North Rhine-Westphalia state extend a lockdown on a district hit hard by a slaughterhouse outbreak.

The resurgence of cases affecting more than half of USA states and territories stoked more worries among health experts on Tuesday, as new diagnoses continue to climb within America's borders.

Fauci pointed out that the country is already seeing 40,000 new cases per day, and he doesn't see that caseload going down if outbreaks in different parts of the US continue to increase.

"We've already seen 126,000 deaths with infection rates rising rapidly".

Boom said he was anxious about Independence Day celebrations this weekend, when Americans traditionally flock to beaches and campgrounds to watch fireworks displays.