Several U.S. states, including Florida, Texas, and Arizona, saw alarming new records in their daily rates of coronavirus infection, and Florida reported 20 percent of the country's 45,000 daily increase on Saturday. By Friday, Abbott began to reverse course, forcing restaurants to lower their capacity from 75% to 50% and limiting bars to delivery and takeout service.
During a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Friday, the first full briefing in almost 2 months, Pence noted that 34 states are experiencing a "measure of stability" - New York, New Jersey, and CT in particular - while 16 have rising new daily cases and a rising percentage of positive cases.
On Saturday, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the USA surpassed 2.5 million, the most infections for any country across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins data. The southern states of Florida and Texas, which have seen a sharp increase in cases, have ordered bars closed and imposed restrictions on economic activities. By Friday, new daily cases were rising in 29 states.
Florida hit a record number of daily cases, nearly 10,000, on Saturday. On June 5, the seven-day average for daily new cases hovered at around 96; by Friday, that figure was 211. "We do need to go to 5% nationally once we broadly accomplish the 10% goal".
Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma were also among USA states seeing a sharp rise in case. We're having some very good numbers coming out in terms of the comeback, the comeback of our nation, and I think it's going very rapidly and it's going to be very good", he said at an event in the White House.Vice President Mike Pence said that in Texas and Florida "we're seeing more and more young people, under the age of 35, who are testing positive.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top disease expert, said the Trump administration's current strategy for finding and isolating infected people was "not working", partly due to significant asymptomatic spread.
The resurgence in the United States has drawn concern from overseas.
As conditions spike, U.S. tourists are "unlikely" to be authorized into the European Union as the bloc starts opening up to worldwide travel, a number of EU diplomats explained to CNN.
"There are numerous surges occurring across the country that are directly related to relaxation of social distancing guidelines and to reopening that occurred too quickly and that did not follow public health guidance", Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University said.
"The risk posed by the virus is still serious", Merkel said. India's death toll has reached 15,685.
No positive cases were found in Beijing's beauty and barber shops in a further sign that the Chinese capital's recent outbreak has been largely brought under control.
Britain's government is expected to scrap a 14-day quarantine requirement that forced people to self-isolate upon returning home from overseas.
Egypt on Saturday lifted many restrictions put in place against the coronavirus pandemic, reopening cafes, clubs, gyms and theatres after more than three months of closure, despite a continued upward trend in new infections. One bar in East Lansing, Michigan has been linked to more than 85 cases, according to the Ingham County Health Department.