U.S. sets an­other virus case record

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July week­end with many pa­rades and fire­works dis­plays can­celed, beaches and bars closed, and health au­thor­i­ties warn­ing that this will be a cru­cial test of Amer­i­cans’ self-con­trol that could de­ter­mine the tra­jec­tory of the surg­ing coron­avirus out­break.

With con­firmed cases climb­ing in 40 states, gov­er­nors and local of­fi­cials have or­dered the wear­ing of masks in pub­lic, and fam­i­lies were urged to cel­e­brate their in­de­pen­dence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their back­yard cook­outs small.

The U.S. set an­other record on Fri­day with 52,300 newly re­ported cases, ac­cord­ing to the tally kept by Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity.

In Ari­zona, the num­ber of peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal with a sus­pected or con­firmed case of COVID-19 eclipsed 3,000 for the first time. Alabama re­ported more than 1,700 new con­firmed cases, its high­est sin­gle-day count yet. New York state, which has largely tamed the virus, recorded 918 new cases, the most in at least three weeks.

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