On Saturday, just as residents across the country celebrated the holiday, state authorities once more reported a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases.
The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.
On Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,047,217, while the fatalities rose to 524,614, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
Many states have either "paused" or chosen to take steps back in their reopening process as cases and hospitalizations linked to the virus continue to rise.
The previous record was set Tuesday when health departments reported about 45,400 new cases. Infectious disease experts refer to the holiday as "the ideal storm". According to authorities, Florida reported over infections 95,000 new cases in June even as it closed bars and beaches.
The sweeping business shutdowns earlier in the pandemic devastated the USA economy and threw millions of Americans out of work, leaving governors reluctant to take such draconian steps again, even if the lifting of restrictions likely touched off the new outbreak.
California, which was the first USA state to impose sweeping stay-home restrictions in March, has now ordered the closure of bars, bans on indoor dining and other restrictions in 19 counties, affecting more than 70 per cent of the state's population. "We need to refocus on slowing the spread". Many municipalities have cancelled fireworks displays. Miami-Dade County, for one, has instituted a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. each night "until further notice", while beaches across much of South Florida are closed.
Meanwhile, according to a government report, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has come down to 11.1 percent, due to the creation of 48 lakh jobs.
The US recorded 50,700 new confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Florida has reported more new daily COVID-19 cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks. The true toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of limited testing and mild cases that have been missed.
Other countries are also reporting an upswing in cases. It reported 8,076 new cases Wednesday. It reported 6,563 cases Wednesday.
"We have now entered a new and treacherous phase in the life cycle of this pandemic", South African President Cyril Ramaphosa warned in a broadcast to the nation, which recorded more than 8100 new infections, a one-day record, and has the biggest caseload on the continent.