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US reports world record daily coronavirus rise after reopening

The aforementioned Dr Fauci warned on Thursday that the US is “not going in the right direction” after the country reported 55,000 new cases of Covid-19 in a day, beating the world record for a daily rise set by Brazil on 19 June, as it lurches towards the Fourth of July holiday weekend with social distancing a major concern at Independence Day celebrations across the country.

The exact number was 55,274, topping the previous single-day high of 54,771 set in the South American country last month – a nation also run by a right-wing populist, Jair Bolsonaro, who has likewise rubbished the virus and resisted wearing a face mask.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that we are not going in the right direction,” Dr Fauci said in an interview with Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association yesterday. “We need to realise that if we do not adhere to the guidelines as we’re trying to open, and I don’t mean officially, I mean the citizenry, the people that are out there, we’re going to be in some serious difficulty.”

Fauci also referenced research published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Cell to sound the alarm over a prevalent new mutation of the virus thought to have first spread in Italy.

“The data is showing there’s a single mutation that makes the virus be able to replicate better and maybe have high viral loads,” he said. “It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible.”

The states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas alone accounted for 25,000 of yesterday’s total as assistant health secretary Brett Giroir told a House Select Committee on the crisis: “We are not flattening the curve right now. The curve is still going up.”


Regarding Trump’s line on testing, Admiral Giroir had this to say: “There is no question the more testing you do the more you will uncover, but we do believe this is a real increase in cases because the percent positive is going up.”

Another medical expert with something to say yesterday was Dr Jonathan Reiner, a former adviser to the George W Bush White House, who pointed out to CNN that Trump himself “is over 70 and he’s obese. He probably has close to a 20 per cent chance of dying if he contracts the virus.”

“Just because he’s tested frequently – it isn’t a Superman cape. The more he flirts with this, the higher the likelihood that he’ll get it.”

Here’s the latest from Andrew Naughtie.


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