The 120 deaths reported by Florida on Thursday were more than double the 48 registered the day before and California recorded 149 deaths, compared to 119 on Wednesday. Texas recorded 105, the third consecutive day of a record increase.
Wall Street sold off brutally after Florida released its latest data during the trading day, reflecting heightened nervousness among investors that some of the most populous states in the United States may have to reverse reopening measures economic.
Anthony Fauci, the leading American infectious disease expert, told the Wall Street Journal that states with large-scale outbreaks should “seriously consider shutting down” again.
The S&P 500 benchmark fell 1.7% in morning trading before reducing losses in the afternoon to close at 0.6% on the day.
The White House has sought to moderate concerns about the epidemic in southern and western states by noting that it has not been accompanied by an increase in deaths, suggesting that most new cases involved younger patients who had survived infections at higher rates.
But nationwide, coronavirus-related deaths have risen to more than 800 a day in the past three days, after reaching an average of less than 500 a day last week. On Thursday, there were 867 deaths in the country, according to the Covid Tracking Project. In the United States, the total number of infections increased by 58,836 cases, the second largest day-long increase on record.
Arizona reported 75 dead on Thursday, more than double the day before. The Arizona count brings its seven-day average to almost 68, the highest it was during the pandemic. Governor Doug Ducey took another step Thursday to reverse the reopening of his state and ordered restaurants to limit indoor dining capacity to less than 50% and parties not to exceed 10 guests.
Donald Trump, President, insisted that the growing number of cases was due to more widespread tests, despite hospitalizations reaching their highest level since mid-Thursday on Thursday with nearly 44,000 cases and the increase in the number dead.
« [T]The reason we show so many cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done as well as we do, is that our TEST is much bigger and better, “Trump wrote on Twitter. “We tested 40,000,000 people. If we made 20,000,000 instead, the cases would be half, etc. ”
Federal authorities have cited other data showing that some of the lockdowns implemented in Texas, Florida, Arizona and California could slow the latest epidemic.
The Florida death rate was 1.77% of all cases, down from about 4.3% a month ago and its lowest since April. The number of positive tests reported each day also fell from a recent high of 11,458 on July 4. On Thursday, the state health department reported an increase of 8,935 from the previous day.
Mike Pence, Vice President, said on Wednesday that “early mitigation efforts” are helping to slow the spread of coronaviruses in areas where cases have escalated, noting that positivity rates in Florida, Arizona and Texas flattened.
Deborah Birx, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, said data from Florida indicated that the number of daily infections in the state could stabilize.