On Wednesday, the USA became the first country to cross 3 million coronavirus cases according to John Hopkins University. With over 131,000 deaths the US broke its record of new cases reported in one day.
Despite the rise in cases, the White House wants to reopen schools and other activities in the country. Vice President, Mike Pence who leads White House Coronavirus Task Force argued that rules should not be ‘too tough’.
On Tuesday, the USA reported over 60,000 cases beating the previous 55,200 cases which were reported on 2nd July. In the latest figures, California and Texas reported over 10,000 fresh cases.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and adviser to the White House on the coronavirus, said the country was still “knee-deep” in only its first coronavirus wave.
Speaking to Reporters, Vice President Mike Pence said “While we mourn with those who mourn, because of what the American people have done, because of the extraordinary work of our healthcare workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rate continues to be low and steady,”
He also said the CDC will issue new guidelines on reopening of schools after Mr. Trump criticized the plan as it was too tough and expensive. “The president said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough,” Mr. Pence said. “That’s the reason why, next week, CDC is going to be issuing a new set of tools, five different documents that will be giving even more clarity on the guidance going forward.”
As of late Wednesday according to world meters coronavirus tracker US has 3,158,932 total cases out of which 134,862 deaths and 1,392,679 recovered patients. Currently, 1,631,391 are active cases with 15,457 being seriously critical.