USA states re-impose curbs as virus cases pass 2.5m

US coronavirus Only two states are reporting a decline in new cases

Much of the focus of concerns that the United States is entering a unsafe new phase has been on big Sunbelt states that are reporting thousands of new cases a day.

Texas and Florida closed bars and reimposed other curbs on Friday as the number of infections in the U.S. hit a single-day record with increases in 16 states, mostly in the south and west.

"It's five o'clock somewhere", as Jimmy Buffett famously sings, but you won't be able get any margaritas in Florida or Texas bars at five or any other time for awhile.

"The only way we're going to end it is by ending it together", he said.

Florida issued its new rules after recording a startling 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, eclipsing the state's one-day record of 5,511 reached on June 24.

The US has 2.4 million confirmed infections and 122,370 deaths - more than any other country. The European Union seems nearly certain to bar Americans in the short term from entering the bloc, which is now drawing up new travel rules, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday.

The number of coronavirus cases across the United States continues to surge, especially in states like Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

"If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing. how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting", he told KVIA television.

Only two USA states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week - CT and Rhode Island. The variety rivals that of New York's peak in everyday cases in early April.

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At least 12 states halted or rolled again their reopening ideas in hopes of curbing the distribute of the virus. Some counties were preparing to enter the fourth phase of reopening, "which would essentially mean no restrictions", the governor's office said in a statement.

A number of the hardest-hit states, including Florida and Arizona, have Republican governors who have resisted mask-wearing requirements and largely echoed President Donald Trump's desire to reopen the economy quickly despite warnings that the virus could come storming back. The state postponed further efforts to reopen.

As Beshears noted, Florida law differentiates between bars, defined as those that "derive more than 50% of gross revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages", and restaurants, which sell enough food to pass that 50% threshold.

The two populous southern states, home to some 50 million people, were spared the worst of the outbreak in spring but are now being battered.

In latest days, officers throughout the U.S. have described a increase in situations among the young groups.

"There is a sense that a lot of young people, well you're young so you feel a little bit more invincible but, respectfully, often that can be a selfish mindset", Newsom said. In Mississippi, officials pointed to fraternity events as one of the drivers behind the state's scenarios.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a budget emergency due to the pandemic.

In Florida, the average age of people infected has dropped sharply - to 33 from 65 two months ago.

The governor urged younger groups to be vigilant, saying while they may not be at risk for serious complications, they can pass the virus on to someone who is. "We've been stressing avoiding the three Cs which are: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby and close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations".



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