The shifting assessments of the nation's handling of the virus stretched to the highest levels of the federal government, where Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made clear that the standard approach to controlling infectious diseases - testing sick people, isolating them, and tracing their contacts - was not working.
Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street over the surging case numbers.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging one county to reinstate its stay-at-home order amid a surge in positive coronavirus tests there.
Halsey Beshears, Florida's Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, posted the sobering news on Twitter Friday, issuing an Emergency Order suspending the sale of alcohol in bars statewide. The sites were due to stop receiving funding at the end of the month.
During the first coronavirus task force briefing since April 27, Vice President Mike Pence applauded the economy's reopening, even though cases continue to grow in over 20 states.
There are over 140,000 confirmed cases in Texas, per Johns Hopkins University.
As of Friday, more than 124,000 people have been recorded as having died in the United States because of the coronavirus and more than 2.4 million cases of confirmed infection have been recorded.
New coronavirus infections are surging in some of America's hottest places. They joined a small but growing number of states that are either backtracking or putting any further reopening of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the country's South and West.
While the rise partly reflects expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive.
That report came as Florida neared an all-time heat record.
"It's bad in 30 states", said Simons.
In Asia, a large increase pushed India's cumulative cases over the half-million mark, the fourth highest globally behind the U.S., Brazil and Russian Federation, while China and South Korea battled smaller outbreaks in their capitals. This is especially notable for NY because the state went from having one of the highest rates of infection to one of the lowest.
Trump said at a February campaign rally in Manchester, "The virus: They're working hard".
'We have a little work to do, and we'll get it done.
Australia braced for more imported cases as citizens return home.
Instead, April was the deadliest month, claiming the lives of 57,723 Americans, Johns Hopkins University data indicate.
"We do need to recognize and understand that this is still very much with us", Baker said during a State House briefing.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had pursued up to now one of the most aggressive reopening schedules of any state and had not only resisted calls to order the wearing of masks but had also refused until last week to let local governments take such measures.