Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci

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US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci says the nation has a “serious problem” as 16 states reel from a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine COVID-19, "focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic", on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 23, 2020. (Image by Kevin Dietsch/AFP via Getty Images)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine COVID-19, “focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic”, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 23, 2020. (Image by Kevin Dietsch/AFP via Getty Images)

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The US government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the country is facing a “serious problem,” as Covid-19 infections surge in southern and western states. Many states are experiencing their highest infection rates since the coronavirus crisis began. At the first White House task force briefing in two months, Dr Fauci said: “The only way we’re going to end it is by ending it together.”

Highlights

  • Health experts said more must be done to slow the spread, Vice-President Mike Pence praised US “progress”.
  • More than 40,000 new cases were recorded across the US on Friday.
  • The total of 40,173, given by Johns Hopkins University, was the highest daily total so far, exceeding the record set only the previous day.
  • There are over 2.4 million confirmed infections and more than 125,000 deaths nationwide – more than any other country.
  • During Friday’s briefing, the White House task force also urged millennials to get tested, even if they are asymptomatic.
  • Mr Pence said the president requested the task force address the American people amid surges in infections and hospital admissions across southern and western states.
  • In Texas, Florida and Arizona, reopening plans have been paused due to the spike.

While some of the increase in daily cases recorded can be attributed to expanded testing, the rate of positive tests in some areas is also increasing.

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