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  • The U.S. broke the record for the largest single-day total of new cases Wednesday, tallying more than 50,000 new cases.
  • Fauci attributed the spike in cases partly to lenient lockdown measures in the U.S.
  • Earlier this week, Fauci told lawmakers during a hearing the U.S. could reach 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day if the country does not get a handle on the outbreak.

America’s top infectious disease expert on Thursday said the surge in coronavirus cases in several states were the worst the nation has seen and warned of a potential “greater outbreak” ahead. 

“What we have seen over the last several days is a spike in cases that are well beyond the worst spikes that we have seen,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told BBC’s Radio 4 Thursday. 


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“That is not good news. We’ve got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States,” Fauci said. 


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Fauci’s comments came after the U.S. broke the record for the largest single-day total of new cases Wednesday, tallying more than 50,000 new cases. More than 2.6 million cases and more than 128,000 deaths in the U.S. have been recorded since the pandemic began. 

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On Thursday, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases, marking a new single-day record for the state. Florida is one of the states being hit hardest by the outbreak right now, making up about 20 percent of new cases in the U.S. Texas, Arizona and California have also been reporting record-high daily case increases. 

Fauci attributed the spike in cases partly to lenient lockdown measures in the U.S. 

“If you look at the different curves between the European Union, the U.K. and others, how they’ve handled the outbreak, they’ve had big spikes and then they’ve brought it down almost or even to baseline in some countries,” Fauci said. 

While some countries in Europe locked down around 97 percent of activity to curb the spread of the virus, Fauci said the most strict areas in the U.S. only locked down around 50 percent of activity. He said that allowed the perpetuation of the outbreak. 

“The problem we’re facing now is, in an attempt to so-called reopen or open the government and get it back to some form of normality, we’re seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the United States, particularly, most recently, Florida, Arizona, Texas and California, some of which are really big states with high populations,” he said. 

Earlier this week, Fauci told lawmakers during a hearing the U.S. could reach 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day if the country does not get a handle on the outbreak.


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Published on Jul 02, 2020