The US has hit new coronavirus highs with the highest single daily case number this week, at more than 60,000. The country has highest number of recorded cases in the world at 3,115,345. And Florida, Texas and Arizona have all become new hotspots for the virus, with horrifying rates of infections and rising deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Mr Trump’s adviser and member of the coronavirus task force, urged that states with outbreaks “ should seriously look at shutting down” again.
Dr Fauci made the remarks in a Wall Street Journal podcast as 33 states have seen a resurgence of the virus, with many seeing the return after reopening too quickly.
He said: “Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down.”
Florida, one of the new US hotspots, has reported a 25 percent jump in cases over the past week.
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Dr Fauci pointed to the state as an example of reopening too quickly, and said: “Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints.”
The state had one of the earliest reopens in the US, with lockdown measures eased on May 4, and again on June 5.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has refused to fully close the state again.
But Mr DeSantis also said the state will not be moving forward with more opening measures as the risk of infection is too high.
Texas has reported a 28 percent jump in cases this week.
On Thursday, Texas broke it’s own record for daily deaths for the third day in a row, with 105.
State governor Greg Abbott has ordered Texas bars to close again and scaled back restaurant seats by half after the surge in cases.
Mr Abbott said: “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.
“The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.”
The US’ resurgent hotspots has led to experts to attacking Mr Trump’s COVID-19 response as a “failure”.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, said “I am stunned that as a nation, six months into this pandemic, we still can’t figure out how to deliver testing to the American people when they need it.
“It is an abject failure of leadership and shows that the federal government has not prioritised testing in a way that will allow us to get through this pandemic.”
Mr Trump, however, has pushed forward with plans to reopen schools this September.