Los Angeles, Texas close bars as coronavirus takes `very unsafe turn`

Florida, Arizona, Nevada set records for new coronavirus cases

Since June 27, the deaths of twenty-nine Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Collier, Dade, Lee, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Polk counties.

Texas and Florida, two states where coronavirus cases are surging, took steps on June 26 to help stop the spread of the virus.

In Texas, a state that had championed letting people get back to work, Governor Greg Abbott has now ordered bars to close and required restaurants to limit indoor seating, acknowledging that in hindsight, he had opened bars too soon. Bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles, must close and those in eight more counties are strongly recommended to shut their doors.

The hardest-hit USA states are now in the South and West, where many state leaders pushed for early economic reopenings.

Florida's bars were only allowed to serve at 50% capacity when they reopened, with tables spaced six feet apart.

In addition to bars, Texas shuttered tubing and rafting business on Friday to try to avoid crowds like those seen on Saturday in Arizona along the Salt River east of Phoenix.

"COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very unsafe turn in Texas over just the past few weeks", said Gov. Greg Abbott, who allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but on Friday shut down bars and limited restaurant dining amid a spike in cases.

For a third consecutive day, the number of confirmed United States cases leapt by more than 40,000, one of the largest surges in the world.

U.S. Vice President Pence on Sunday said the federal government would extend support for coronavirus testing in Texas as long as necessary amid a risky surge in new cases, after U.S. health officials had moved to curb some sites in various localities.

On Sunday, however, FDOH amended Polk's total reported Saturday to 462 cases (now an official 118% increase in 24 hours over the previous high total) and decreased the actual rise of cases in the latest report to 257.

Meanwhile, Florida, also recently hit by a second wave of cases, reported more than 8,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, down slightly from the day before after setting a record for daily cases on Saturday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said interactions among young people are driving the surge.

"We need to implement more aggressive social distancing measures now", said the renowned vaccine scientist.

Texas is scrambling to contain what is now one of the nation's biggest hotspots.

Florida once again broke its single-day record of new coronavirus cases on Saturday morning.

Florida, Arizona and Nevada have all recorded daily highs for new coronavirus infections, highlighting the worsening spread of the outbreak in several southern and western states, which has prompting some local governments to roll back reopening plans. In Arizona, cases have risen by 267% so far in June and jumped by a record 3,857 cases on Sunday, the eighth record-breaking increase this month.

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