COVID crisis in ‘new phase’ due to ‘extraordinary’ US spread as California is first to record half a MILLION cases

THE coronavirus pandemic is entering a “new phase” because of the massive spread it has had across the United States — as California has reported half a million infections.

Dr Deborah Birx, of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said on Sunday that what the US is “seeing today is different from March and April.”

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Dr Deborah Birx said on CNN on Sunday that coronavirus is now ‘extraordinarily widespread’ in the United States[/caption]

“It is extraordinarily widespread,” Birx said on CNN. “It’s into the rural as equal urban areas.”

She warned that even living in a rural area that’s less populated, residents “are not immune or protested from this virus.”

“If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive, if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities.”

Birx said that months into the pandemic, “Right now is different and it’s more widespread.”


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently forecast that 182,000 Americans would be dead from the virus by late August[/caption]

She said that the virus is spreading massively not by individual people, but rather by “super spreading events and we need to stop those. We definitely need to take more precautions.”

“If you have high caseload and active community spread, just like we are asking people not to go to bars, not to have household parties, not to create large spreading events, we are asking people to distance learn at this moment so we can get this epidemic under control.”

Birx added that anyone who has vacationed in a coronavirus hot spot should “assume you’re infected.”

“I traveled around the country. I saw all of America moving,” she told CNN.

As of Sunday, the US reported more than 4.8million coronavirus infections and over 158,000 deaths from the virus.

California became the first state in the country to report more than a half-million number of recorded coronavirus cases.

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California was the first state to report a half-million number of infections[/caption]

The Golden State said that close to 516,000 people tested positive for the virus as of Sunday, and over 9,300 people have died from the virus.

In New York, the country’s initial epicenter of the pandemic, officials said that the lowest number of hospitalizations — 556 — was reported on Saturday for the first time since March 17.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said three deaths were reported, none of which were in New York City.

He said in a statement: “We’ve now conducted over 6 million tests, and the numbers are just about where we want them to be, which is all very good news and says that our plan is working.”

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A patient is seen here being transferred on a stretcher near Miami on Thursday [/caption]

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Dr Anthony Fauci, seen here with Birx, said the virus is so contagious he doesn’t think it will ever disappear [/caption]

“However, context is important, and there are storm clouds on the horizon in the form of new cases throughout the country, and a lack of compliance here in the state, and I urge New Yorkers to stay New York Smart and local governments to properly enforce state guidance.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted in a report, obtained by Yahoo News, that the US coronavirus death toll could hit 182,000 later this month.

The forecast from the CDC states there will be a spike from August 15 to 22 of 5,000 to 11,000 new deaths.

Dr Anthony Fauci told a House Select Subcommittee hearing on containing the coronavirus outbreak on Friday that the virus is so contagious it might not ever go away — which President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted.

“I do not believe it would disappear because it’s such a highly transmissible virus,” Fauci said.


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