If California were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for the total number of coronavirus cases behind the United States, Brazil, India and Russia alone. New York has more than 413,500 cases and adds an average of 700 new cases per day in July. In California, there are an average of 8,300 new cases per day.
The rapid increase in cases has made it difficult to track the pathogen’s path in the community through contact tracing, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said Tuesday.
“No one was planning to create a contact program to track the number of cases we are seeing here,” he told a press conference.
Since its crush of cases earlier in the year, New York state has managed to bring the virus under control, reporting the fewest hospitalizations in four months on Monday and just two deaths on Tuesday.
Nearly 143,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 – almost a quarter of the global total.