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COVID-19 – Deaths, cases, hospitalisations continue to climb in the US

Washington: The city of Chicago on Tuesday reimposed some coronavirus restrictions even as the state of Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases for the sixth day in a row, as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the United States.

Florida reported 10,347 new cases on Monday, the sixth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections. Another 92 people died in Florida, taking the state’s death toll to 5,183.

Under fire for his response, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said over the weekend that positivity rates and COVID-19-related emergency room visits have been trending lower in recent weeks.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced new restrictions due to take effect on Friday including a ban on indoor service at bars and shutdown of personal services like salons which require the removal of masks.

New York state however reported the lowest number of hospitalisations, 716, due to coronavirus in four months and only 8 deaths on Sunday as New York City entered a new phase of reopening on Monday, an Al Jazeera report said.

But news from the rest of the country was not so positive as nearly thirty-two states reported record increases in COVID-19 cases in July while 15 states have reported record increases in deaths and hospitalisations so far in the month of July.

The virus has so far killed 140,000 people in the US and infected some 3.7 million, making it the worst affected country in the world.

The top infectious disease specialist in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, told the state governors that the best way to manage the pandemic – and prevent future outbreaks – is to stick to what he called the “fundamentals”, which include the universal wearing of face masks, shutting bars, limiting indoor dining, avoiding crowds and frequent washing of hands.

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