The United States witnessed a spike of 47000 positive cases of novel coronavirus in a single day, bringing the toll to 2,727,853.
According to the details, the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that the number could soon double.
California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new U.S. epicenters of the pandemic, reporting record increases in COVID-19 cases.
“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a U.S. Senate committee.
“I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”
Fauci said the daily rise in new cases could reach 100,000 unless a nationwide push made to tamp down the dread virus.
“We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” he said.
Fauci said there was no guarantee of a vaccine, although early data had been promising: “Hopefully there will be doses available by the beginning of next year,” he said.
More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs as states and major cities ordered residents to stay home and businesses closed.
The economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and expected to crater in the second.