The staggering statistics are increased by the hardest hit areas of the country in the south and west, but Dr Deborah Birx noted that there were indications that the worst could be over in places like California, the Arizona, Florida and Texas.
“We’re already starting to see a plateau in these four critical states that have really suffered in the past four weeks,” Birx told NBC News.
New York continued to see progress in its fight against the virus, Governor Cuomo said on Saturday, with just 646 hospitalizations on Friday, the lowest since March 18.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Texas bar owners have vowed to reopen on Saturday in violation of a June state order put in place as the coronavirus began to explode there.
Some 800 bartenders have pledged to defy Governor Gregg Abbott’s order and participate in a “Freedom Fest,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Fort Worth bar organizer and owner Chris Polone told the newspaper he wanted the state to allow bars to operate with security measures in place.
“If you can get every bar to stand up in solidarity, well, that’s a statement that won’t be ignored,” Polone said.
Participating water points must follow safety protocols, including requiring guests to wear masks.
In Hawaii, Instagram influencer Mika Salamanca was arrested for breaking the state’s 14-day quarantine rule.
Salamanca, 20, who arrived in Hawaii from the Philippines but is from Alabama, was seen on video dancing in a store and in a restaurant.
There was good news for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who said on Saturday he had tested negative for the virus after being in quarantine since July 7.
“BOM DIA A TODOS” – “Hello everyone” – he wrote with a photo of himself at the breakfast table, smiling over a packet of hydroxychloroquine.
And while nearly 40 countries have seen a record daily increase in virus cases, according to a Reuters tally, a coastal city in Spain has earned kudos for its social distancing.
“Gracias,” police in Chipiona, about 90 minutes south of Seville, wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of hundreds of perfectly spaced bathers.