Coronavirus cases spike in parts of the U.S., on the rise in India, Africa
Daily case numbers in the United States are nearing their late-April peak levels
June 25, 2020 - 8:15am
The number of reported, single-day new coronavirus infections in the U.S. on Tuesday hit 34,700 – bringing the country close to its late-April peak of 36,400 new cases in a single day, according to the John Hopkins University tracker.
States in the South and southwest parts of the country are reporting record spikes in their case numbers, in addition to an influx of hospital patients.
On Monday, the governors of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York issued a travel advisory to people entering the tri-state region from states with a 10%-or-higher positive rate over a seven-day period, or with a test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day average.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 700 points overnight and Asian markets dipped on Thursday following the increased coronavirus numbers reported on Wednesday.
In Europe, countries appear to remain on track to reopen their joint borders by July 1, though Americans will likely remain barred from entering EU nations.
Developing countries are presently experiencing their first spike in virus cases, as Indonesia expects to pass the 50,000 case threshold on Thursday, and India's total case number nears 500,000.
Health officials in Africa warn that the pandemic is accelerating with great speed on the continent where more than 336,000 have now tested positive. Shortages of testing materials and medical supplies remains a crucial issue in many countries in Africa.
Across the globe, more than 9.4 million people have been infected and almost 500,000 have died from the novel virus.
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