Pence urges people to wear masks as United States cases surge

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"We need to understand that COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very risky turn in Texas over just the past few weeks", he said.

Hospitalizations of patients with the novel coronavirus in Texas reached an all-time high Monday after breaking records for almost every day the previous two weeks.

The latest data shows more than 125,000 Americans have died so far as a result of the pandemic, the highest number of known deaths of any nation. Johns Hopkins University says the global tally has topped 10 million, with fatalities passing 500,000.

Texas was one of the first states to roll out a timeline for lifting its coronavirus restrictions.

"COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very unsafe turn in Texas over just the past few weeks", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence met with Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday, pledging additional resources and testing in wake of what Abbott called "the very swift and very unsafe turn" of the coronavirus in Texas.

Texas now has the fourth-most novel coronavirus cases of any USA state, according to data from Hohns Hopkins University.

Pence urged everyone to wear a face covering.

"We have the worst record of any country in the world", she added.

On Sunday, Arizona also recorded a record daily increase of more than 3,800 cases.


Mr Abbott had allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but shut down bars and limited restaurant dining on Friday amid a spike in cases.

The state has also set new records for coronavirus-related hospitalizations for the 16th day in a row on Saturday.

Abbott ordered the state to stay at home on March 31.

During the event, Pence was questioned about why President Donald Trump still refuses to wear a mask when Pence has decided that it's clearly important to do so even if he's getting tested.

Should US case rises worry us?

Monday, DSHS reported 4,288 new COVID-19 cases - the first time new daily cases have dropped below 5,000 since last Monday.

Leading US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said the next two weeks will be critical.

Health minister Zwelini Mkhize said the current rise in infections has come from people who "moved back into the workplace".

The surge in cases was being driven by young people - those aged between 18 and 34 - testing positive, especially in the south and west of the United States, said the head of the CDC, Dr Robert Redfield. Hopefully the decisions already made will lead to a reduction in the amount of COVID-19 spreading.

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