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US hits 2.5 million COVID-19 cases as virus surges across country

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US hits 2.5 million COVID-19 cases as virus surges across country

Over the weekend and through today, the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to surge through many states, including Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

In total the United States has 2,564,163 COVID-19 cases and 125,928 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker . And the New York Times reports that US cases are up 76% over the past 2 weeks.

In states like California—which has been battling the pandemic since March—increasing case counts led to the closing of bars in select cities. Elsewhere, cities such as Nashville are making masks mandatory. And in at least 12 states , including Washington, Arizona, and Texas, governors have "paused" reopening local economies any further.

On Sunday news shows, health officials and policy experts offered stern warnings on the spread. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Alex Azar said yesterday on CNN that the US’s window for controlling the virus is closing.

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"Things are very different from two months ago… So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control," Azar said. Mortality rates still low

While case counts and hospitalizations have risen across much of the country, mortality rates have not. Scott Gottlieb, MD, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said on CNBC he expects death rates to rise in the next 3 to 4 weeks as fatalities occur after a significant lag in case identification.

Gottlieb also said he expected up to half of the US population could be infected by the end of 2020.In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis said Floridians […]

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