US coronavirus cases surge amidst fears that virus is escalating out of control 

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

Over the past week, the US has seen an enormous increase in Covid-19 cases, potentially undoing months of progress made through lockdown measures and confirming predictions that the easing of lockdown over the past month and a half could lead to a resurgence.

In 10 states, day-by-day rises were as high as 50 per cent, and 12 have reported new record highs for daily cases.

"It is snowballing. We will most certainly see more people die as a result of this spike," said Dr Marc Boom, CEO and President of Houston Methodist Hospital.

The number of daily reported cases in the nation had fallen throughout May, but began to slowly increase in June. The US saw a three per cent rise in the first week of June, and just a one percent rise in the second week - which has now skyrocketed to a 25 per cent increase in the third week.

Despite this, officials maintain that this is still the first wave of the virus, and not a second peak occurring.

“I don’t think we’re going to see one, two and three waves. I think we’re going to just see one very, very difficult forest fire of cases,” said Michael Osterholm, head of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, who spoke to NBC on Sunday.

Texas, Florida, and Arizona are among the hardest hit, all-seeing their 7-day average increase by more than 80 per cent. This has prompted officials in each state to reintroduce some lockdown measures, and urge citizens to wear masks when in public.

“This is a real spike,” the Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, said at a press conference. “Nobody can argue with the fact that more people are being hospitalised. ” 

“I know some people think wearing a mask is inconvenient or an infringement on freedom, but I also know it will keep Texas open,” said the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, while also imploring citizens to follow coronavirus guidelines such as washing hands frequently and maintaining social distancing measures.

“COVID hasn’t suddenly gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread of it,” he added.

This comes as Vice President, Mike Pence, has warned governors that young people are testing at a higher rate for Covid-19 than other age groups in the US, and other nations, such as Germany, South Korea, and Israel are all witnessing a resurgence of the virus.

“All countries are facing a delicate balance between protecting their people while minimising the social and economic damage,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO at a Covid-19 media briefing on Monday.

“It’s not a choice between lives and livelihoods. Countries can do both. We urge countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that enable people to stay safe while getting on with their lives. ” 

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