- The coronavirus pandemic has continued to soar in the United States
- US recorded 77,600 new cases on Friday, July 17, according to the Johns Hopkins University database
- The report says that the number of patients hospitalised for the virus is at its highest level since April 23
A report by the Johns Hopkins University database indicates that the United States’ COVID-19 virus caseload is soaring at an explosive rate, even as leaders of some of the worst-hit states resist mandatory mask measures to stem the spread.
Legit.ng gathered that the health authorities reported more than 77,600 new cases on Friday, July 17, according to the Johns Hopkins University database.
The report says that the number of patients hospitalised for the virus is at its highest level since April 23.
The death rate, which plummeted in May and June, has been rising since last week, adding that Florida, the new epicenter, posted more than 11,000 new cases and 128 deaths on Friday, July 17.
Coronavirus is also spreading to new parts of the country including Idaho, Tennessee and Mississippi.
The report also notes that New York, the original US epicenter where more than 32,000 virus patients have died, moved to further ease its restrictions after bringing its outbreak under control.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday, July 17, that zoos and botanical gardens could open with limited capacity, as could baseball games, without spectators.
President Donald Trump’s ratings have plummeted since the start of the pandemic.
Only 38% of Americans approve of his handling of the crisis, against 51 percent in March, according to a Washington Post poll published Friday.
Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said on Friday that the decline is explained because the president has stopped giving daily briefings on the virus.
“The president’s numbers were much higher when he was out there briefing everybody on a day-by-day basis about the coronavirus. I think the president should be doing that,” she said.
The task force briefings featuring Trump were halted in late April amid mounting criticism over his exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the public health response and his penchant for pushing bogus treatments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that while the daily spread of the virus has reduced in Europe, the novel pathogen continues to spread rapidly in other continents.
It was reported that a report by Bloomberg indicated that three countries have so far recorded more than 1 million cases of the disease.
The USA having a total of 3.6 million COVID-19 cases recorded its highest jump in the number of infections on Thursday, July 16, with 77,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.