The United States recorded 45,242 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest one-day increase in the pandemic, according to a Reuters report, bringing the total number of Americans testing positive to at least 2.48 million.
The Reuters tally of 45,242 cases differs from statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University, according to which 39,972 cases were recorded on Friday, bringing the total number of positive cases to more than 2,467,000.
The new record of COVID-19 positive tests recorded by Reuters comes as several states at the center of a new outbreak of infections have taken a step back from efforts to ease restrictions on businesses.
Bar owner Petros J. Markantonis changes his bar marquee to “Closed Again” at the West Alabama Ice House in Houston, Texas on Friday after the governor ordered the bars closed
Friday chairs are stacked in a closed bar in Austin, Texas
Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texas bars to close at midday and demanded restaurants limit their seating capacity to 50%, while Florida state officials told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises.
Abbot’s announcement stunned Texas bar owners, who said the governor, a Republican in his second term, had given them little notice. Mark Martinez, owner of a Lubbock beer garden, only learned of it when friends texted him around 8 a.m.
“I spent thousands of dollars on inventory to prepare for this weekend. I could really have used this (money) for my rent, which is due next week, “said Martinez, 44.
“We were coming to a place where we could pay the bills,” said Tish Keller, owner of Triple J Chophouse and Brew Co., in downtown Lubbock. “Bringing us back to 50% capacity means we won’t have enough business to pay the staff, let alone the bills.”
Keller said she didn’t know how long she could stay open and feared trying to save her business from ruin twice in a year.
Florida released its new rules after recording a surprising 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, overshadowing the day record of 5,511 reached June 24.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday that the imperial county, southeast of Los Angeles, had become so swamped with the virus that he recommended that he issue a strict new stay at home order.
Double Decker karaoke bar closed in Tampa, Florida, where governor ordered bars to stop selling alcohol on site
Owner Tom Garrison prepares to close his bar, Stoneleigh P, in Dallas on Friday
Imperial county health officials then tweeted that his March home order was still in effect. The county supervisory board has scheduled a meeting Friday evening to consider further action.
Newsom paused allowing counties to reopen their savings further in response to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
In Alaska, Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz has issued an emergency order requiring residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces after the state identified 836 cases on Friday, 387 of them in his city.
Texas had been at the forefront of states that lifted restrictions to control the pandemic, allowing bars to reopen in May.
It has since experienced some of the biggest spikes in the new cases, reporting 5,996 on Thursday. The state has also had a record number of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.
Nearly 125,000 Americans died from COVID-19, the highest number known to have died from the highly infectious disease in the world.
Despite bad news from Texas, Florida and elsewhere, President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States is coming back from the crisis, which has shut down much of the economy and left millions of people unemployed. .
“We have a little bit of work to do and we will do it. We have very good figures in terms of return, return of our nation, and I think it’s going very fast and it’s going to be very good, “he said during an event at the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence said that in Texas and Florida, “we are seeing more and more young people under the age of 35 who test positive. In many cases, they have no symptoms.
This week, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming also reported record increases cases this week.