The United States was grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world on Monday, as Florida shattered the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in new confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, officials in Houston, Texas, called on Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a stay-at-home order as hospitals strain to accommodate the onslaught of patients sick with the new coronavirus.
Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the U.S., especially in the South and West, though they are still well below the heights hit in April, according to a recent Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Nationwide, there have been more than 3.3 million cases of the coronavirus and some 135,900 deaths, according to a tally by NBC News .
Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, called mask-wearing in public, which has been met with resistance in some states and by the president, “absolutely essential” to control the outbreak.
President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she hopes it means the president “will change his attitude, which will be helpful in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.” Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: FDA Fast Tracks Two Coronavirus Vaccines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted fast track status to two experimental coronavirus vaccines jointly developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, Reuters reported .The pair of vaccines, BNT162b1 and BNT162b2, are the most advanced of four vaccines being developed by the German and U.S. […]