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Texas and Florida shut down bars in effort to control Covid-19 surge – live

As Texas announces it is again closing down bars due to a surge in new coronavirus cases, the number of confirmed new cases per day in the US hit an all-time high of 40,000 yesterday.

While the increase is believed to reflect, in part, greatly expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence the virus is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country, especially in the south and west. Arizona, Texas and Florida are among the states that have been hit hard.

The number of confirmed infections soared past the previous high set on 24 Aprilof 36,400, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Deaths from the coronavirus in the US are down to around 600 per day, compared with about 2,200 in mid-April.

Some experts have expressed doubt that deaths will return to that level, in part because of advances in treatment and prevention but also because a large share of the new infections are in younger adults, who are more likely than older ones to survive.

The virus is blamed for 124,000 deaths in the US and 2.4m confirmed infections nationwide, by Johns Hopkins’ count.

Read the original article at The Guardian

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