Your coronavirus need-to-knows: Cases increasing for more than half of US; Texas bars lose alcohol permits; Fauci to testify

Your coronavirus need-to-knows: Cases increasing for more than half of US; Texas bars lose alcohol permits; Fauci to testify

As states work to reopen their economies from coronavirus lockdowns, more than half are seeing surges in new daily infections.

The outbreak is accelerating in the U.S. and other countries, said Dr. Michael Ryan, the emergencies chief at the World Health Organization. But on Monday he dismissed the notion that record-breaking daily cases is due to more testing.

Meanwhile, the nation's top infectious disease expert returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify before a House committee about the Trump administration's coronavirus response. Dr. Anthony Fauci was last on Capitol Hill in May, when he warned senators that reopening efforts by states needed to be done cautiously because it presents a "real risk that you will trigger an outbreak."

A quick look at some of the hotspots:

In at least six states, the number of total infections has topped 100,000, including in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he won't lock down the state again, although local governments may still implement their own restrictions.In Texas, Monday marked the 11th consecutive day the state set a new high for COVID-19 hospitalizations. Meanwhile in Austin, alcohol permits were suspended at several bars for violating social distancing protocols. Arizona also reported record hospitalizations on Monday ahead of President Donald Trump's visit on Tuesday. The governor last week allowed cities and counties to enforce their own face mask mandates.

Today's biggest news

The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to use certain hand sanitizer products due to the potential presence of methanol, a toxic substance when absorbed through skin or ingested. – USA TODAYPresident Donald Trump reportedly told his aides that he supports a second stimulus payment for Americans, though some senior White House officials and congressional Republicans are skeptical of more checks. – Washington PostThe pandemic has pushed multiple states – including Kentucky and New York, which vote Tuesday – to postpone their primary elections, and to expand early and absentee voting, in order to stave off the risk of spreading the virus in crowded polling stations. – USA TODAYGilead Sciences, the company behind the drug remdesivir that is being used to treat coronavirus patients, is starting human trials for an inhaled version of the drug. – CNBCTop-ranked Tennis player Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. He's the fourth player to test positive. – Associated Press

📈Today's stats on the coronavirus: Worldwide infections have surpassed 9.1 million, with 2.3 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 472,000 people have died worldwide, with more than 120,000 deaths in the U.S.

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Senate Democrats want investigation: In a letter to the Health and Human Services Department watchdog, Senate Democrats said they're seeking an investigation into President Donald Trump's claim he asked "his people" to slow down testing for the coronavirus.

Contributing: Christal Hayes, USA TODAY; Associated Press


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