Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday put the blame on the president's mismanagement of the crisis. "All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is, "We can't do this, we can't do that".
The European Union has excluded Americans from its "safe list" of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday. But with some 10.4 million known infections worldwide, the pandemic is "not even close to being over", the World Health Organization has warned.
It is going to be very disturbing.
Fauci said the daily increase in new cases could reach 100 000 unless efforts to tackle the disease were stepped up. Accordingly, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told United States senators during a hearing this week that drinking and congregating in bars is just about one of the unsafe and most foolhardy activities people could be doing right now.
Data from the New York Times shows that 38 states and Puerto Rico saw their average daily numbers of newly reported cases rise over the past 14 days: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The coronavirus' U.S. impact is continuing to get worse with each passing day, with the COVID-19 virus continuing to easily spread around communities because of choices that people keep making.
The dire messaging reinforced concerns about the U.S. ability to rein in a pandemic that has claimed some 126,000 American lives.
The Tennessee Republican said President Donald Trump had the power to end politicization of mask wearing that suggests that "if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask". "The president has plenty of admirers, they would follow his lead", Alexander said.
At the beginning of the hearing, Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, highlighted the importance of wearing face coverings, saying that "unfortunately, this simple lifesaving practice has become part of the political debate".
Responding to a reporter's question about the beaches being closed in Los Angeles County for the Independence Day weekend, the governor hinted that state beaches could be part of his announcement. The Pan American Health Organization warned, meanwhile, that the coronavirus death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean could top 400,000 by October without stricter public health measures. What's different with COVID-19, however, is that "a risk for you is not just isolated to you". "It's his decision whether to wear a mask".