Arizona, California and Texas reported record-high new daily coronavirus cases Tuesday as case counts continue to rise in more than half of U.S. states.
President Donald Trump has blamed increased testing for the spike. But infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers Tuesday that in states where there is an increase in the percentage of people testing positive, it is a clear "indication that there are additional infections that are responsible for those increases."
Fauci said the "disturbing surge of infections" was due to a combination of factors, including an increase in person-to-person transmission, or community spread.
Today's biggest newsThe European Union may bar U.S. travelers as it reopens borders, citing virus failures. – The New York TimesFauci told lawmakers that despite Trump's claim that he had asked officials to "slow the testing down," he had never been given such a directive. – USA TODAYAustralia, Germany, Portugal and South Korea, among other countries, are scrambling to respond to resurgent outbreaks. – The Washington PostThe United Nations chief on Tuesday said countries acting in isolation are worsening the coronavirus pandemic. “There is total lack of coordination among countries in the response to the COVID,” said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. – Associated PressMajor League Baseball is implementing a 60-game 2020 season and has come to an agreement with players on health and safety protocols, such as barring fans from the stands. – USA TODAY
📈Today's stats on the coronavirus: Worldwide infections have surpassed 9.2 million, with 2.3 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 477,000 people have died worldwide, with more than 121,000 deaths in the U.S.
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Timeline: It's been five months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced what was thought to be the first confirmed coronavirus case in the U.S. Read how the pandemic unfolded here.