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  • Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told The Journal of the American Medical Association the surge in cases is “really the beginning.”
  • “We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control,” Schuchat said in the interview Monday.
  • The U.S. leads the world in the number of cases and deaths by a large margin, with more than 2.6 million recorded cases and nearly 130,000 deaths.

An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the coronavirus is spreading too widely and quickly to contain and expects it to continue to circulate. 

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are continuing to surge in several states in the southern and western parts of the U.S., prompting states such as Texas, Florida and Arizona to take steps to halt or reverse their reopening plans. 


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Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Howard Bauchner the recent spike in new cases is “really the beginning.”


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“What we hope is that we can take it seriously and slow the transmission,” Schuchat said in the interview Monday. 

“We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control,” she said.

“We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it’s very discouraging,” she added. 

Schuchat said there was a lot of “wishful thinking” around the country that the pandemic would be over by summer. 

“We are not even beginning to be over this,” Schuchat said, saying there are a lot of worrisome factors about the surge of the outbreak over the past week or so. 

On Monday, officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) conveyed the same message. 

“The reality is this is not close to being over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news conference.

“The virus still has a lot of room to move,” Tedros said. “The virus is spreading aggressively.”

Roughly 10.4 million cases worldwide have been confirmed since the outbreak began and more than 500,000 people have died. 

The U.S. leads the world in the number of cases and deaths by a large margin, with more than 2.6 million recorded cases and nearly 130,000 deaths. 


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Published on Jun 30, 2020