19 states pause reopening plans as COVID-19 cases surge by nearly 50% in the U.S.

As some countries further reopen their economies with their coronavirus cases declining, it’s a whole different scenario in the U.S.

At least 19 states have paused reopening plans, as COVID-19 cases have surged nearly 50 percent in June.

To think July 4th celebrations are looming.

Without naming them, the World Health Organization appealed to countries with high infections rates.

“We’re concerned that some countries have not used all their tools at their disposal and have taken a fragmented approach. These countries face a long, hard road ahead. But one of the lessons of the pandemic is that no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around. It’s never too late,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, most Americans — 81 percent — said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the pandemic.

New coronavirus cases rose by more than 47,000 on Tuesday in the U.S. — the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.

California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as the new epicenters of the pandemic in the U.S.

In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for coronavirus patients are in short supply.

Besides the 46 percent increase in cases nationally, deaths also increased by 21 percent.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a desperate appeal to every single American to wear a mask.

“It is not an inconvenience. It is not a suppression of your freedom. It actually is a vehicle to achieve our goals.”

Despite President Donald Trump still refusing to wear a mask, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the coronavirus task force has changed course, saying masks are a good idea to prevent the spread of infections.

When it comes to treatments for coronavirus patients and the development of a vaccine, Pence expressed some optimism.

The U.S. has already secured more than 500,000 treatment courses of the COVID-19 treatment drug remdesivir.

As of July 1, the U.S. has reported more than 2.6 million cases of COVID 19 with over 127,000 deaths.

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