FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in four U.S. states are fueling a surge as the country heads into the July Fourth holiday weekend. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas reported the figures Thursday. The U.S. as a whole recorded more than 50,000 new cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. All but 10 U.S. states are showing an increase of confirmed cases over the last 14 days, according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project. Nebraska and South Dakota were the only states outside the Northeast with a decrease in cases. But those states are also recording higher positive test rates.
The first peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. came at the beginning of April, as 30,000 cases a day were reported. Hotspots were concentrated in just a few places.
By late June the virus had spread to the rest of the U.S., and daily cases have now reached record levels. pic.twitter.com/R1AlNN5FWu
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 3, 2020
In May, we did not break 30k cases in a day. Today, the South alone reported 32,830. pic.twitter.com/fGCEGi3o7V
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) July 2, 2020