U.S. Reports Highest Single Day Total of Coronavirus Cases
The U.S. recorded more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to reports, the most in any single day since the virus began.
The country as a whole reported 50,203 new cases, CNN reported, citing data from Johns Hopkins University. In total, the country has recorded more than 2.6 million cases and more than 128,000 deaths, Johns Hopkins University noted.
The increase comes as several states have paused or reversed their reopening strategies. On a state level, five states including Arizona, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas reported record totals of new cases on Wednesday, according to the network.
The previous high for daily infections was on June 26 when 45,255 new cases were recorded, according to CNN.
In California, the state’s Gov. Gavin Newsom closed restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, and bars for 19 counties in the state, including Los Angeles, after saying in a tweet the contagious virus “continues to spread at an alarming rate.”
On June 26, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was closing bars that make more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcohol and ordering restaurants to decrease capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent.
“At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health,” Abbott said in a statement at the time.
Florida similarly closed bars, but Axios reported the state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday "We're not going back, closing things. I don't think that that's really what's driving it, people going to a business is not what's driving it.”
In New York, once the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country but where declining cases have been the story for weeks, the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo postponed the start of indoor dining in New York City, which was originally on track to start July 6. Outdoor dining has already been allowed to resume in the city and retail stores have been allowed to reopen.
In a further effort to prevent the cases in New York from ticking up, the state — along with New Jersey and Connecticut — implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone coming from a state that has a “high infection rate” of COVID-19, which currently includes 16 states.