California is by far the most populous US state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York City has around 19.5 million.
U.S. government data released Tuesday found that reported and confirmed coronavirus cases vastly underestimate the true number of infections, echoing the results of a smaller study last month.
The United States has also experienced consistent test failures which experts say contribute to an undercoverage of the actual virus rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study said actual rates of COVID-19 were more than 10 times higher than cases reported in most parts of the United States from late March to early May. It is based on COVID-19 antibody tests performed on routine blood samples from 16,000 people in 10 regions of the United States.
California was initially successful in slowing the spread of the virus, but the state has seen a sharp turnaround, with COVID-19 infection rates rising sharply in recent weeks.
Residents of California from March were urged to stay at home as much as possible, and state health ordinances shut down all businesses except essential ones, such as grocery stores.
In May and June, California reopened much of its economy, and people resumed shopping in stores and eating in restaurants.
The scale of the reopening was evident in data that shows California’s unemployment rate fell in June as the state added a record 558,000 jobs.
But infections have started to rise and a new round of trade restrictions have been imposed, including a ban on indoor eating in restaurants and bars.
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Los Angeles County, the country’s most populous with 10 million people, has reported that young people are behind the spread of new infections.
More than half of the county’s new cases were from people under the age of 41 and the county’s death toll from COVID-19 was 4,154 with positive cases exceeding 161,670, the public health department of the county said. county.
“The tragedy of what we are witnessing is that many of our young residents are interacting with each other and failing to follow recommended prevention measures, while our older residents continue to feel the results of this increased spread with worse health problems, including death. Said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health.
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