US surpasses 3 million coronavirus infections

The United States surpassed 3 million coronavirus infections on Wednesday, a grim milestone as the virus surges in more than half of all states, and a predicted waning of infections this summer never occurred.

Data from the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center showed the U.S. had 3,009,611 cases at midday on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the U.S. set a record with 60,000 new cases. California and Texas both had more than 10,000 new cases in a single day, shattering previous records. 

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Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina led the world in new cases over the last seven days, according to New York Times data.    

Hospitals in Florida have run out of beds in their intensive care units, even as Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOn The Money: White House warns there's likely no deal with no agreement by Friday | More generous unemployment benefits lead to better jobs: study | 167K workers added to private payrolls in July DeSantis blames Rick Scott for 'pointless roadblocks' in Florida unemployment system Trump notes GOP governor when asked why he backs mail-in voting in Florida MORE (R) continues to downplay the situation and refuses to release critical information about hospitalizations.  

While experts previously predicted a summer lull in infections, that never materialized. Many states, facing pressure from business leaders and from the White House, rushed to reopen without fully anticipating the impact on new infections. 

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx on Tuesday said in a Sirius XM interview that states ignored guidelines put in place by federal and local public health officials, and “stepped on the gas” while reopening, causing this new surge. 

After calling on governors to reopen state economies, the Trump administration has now shifted its attention to pressure schools to fully reopen in the fall.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidance for safely reopening schools, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Wednesday tweeted his displeasure with his own public health agency. He said the guidelines were too burdensome and "expensive," and indicated he would be meeting with the agency in an effort to change them.

Testing capacity is being strained in those states with the largest number of new infections, and supply chain issues that plagued the country early in the pandemic have resurfaced. 

While Trump and other administration officials have latched onto a declining fatality rate as a sign of progress, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCNN's Burnett presses Navarro on hydroxychloroquine in combative interview: 'You're an economist, not a scientist' Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine Fauci says family has faced threats, harassment amid pandemic MORE on Tuesday said focusing on that one statistic is a "false narrative." 

"There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus, don't get yourself into a false complacency,” Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said. 

Deaths are a lagging indicator in an outbreak, and will rise as people generally don’t die until weeks after they become sick. In addition, many of the newly infected have been young people, who generally tend to be healthier

“But that doesn’t mean that you could not get seriously ill,” Fauci said.