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U.S. coronavirus cases hit 3 million, stoking fears of overwhelmed hospitals

By Jane Wardell

 

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People wait in their vehicles in long lines for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

 

(Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States pushed past 3 million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, roughly equal to the population of Nevada, stoking fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed.

 

The United States has the highest known numbers of both COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. More than 130,000 Americans have died from the disease, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes in case numbers in many states.

 

In the first seven days of July, 18 states have reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, according to a Reuters tally.

 

In Texas alone, the number of hospitalized patients more than doubled in just two weeks. The Democratic mayor of Austin warned over the weekend that his city's hospitals could reach capacity in two weeks and run out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in 10 days. In Arizona, about 90% of ICU beds are full.

 

The rise in cases also cast a shadow over the nation's Fourth of July celebrations, with many towns and cities across the country cancelling annual fireworks displays to avoid large crowds gathering.

 

During an Independence Day speech at the White House on Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump asserted without evidence that 99% of coronavirus cases in the United States were "totally harmless."

 

Trump, a Republican, has refused to wear a mask in public and has been reluctant to encourage Americans to do so, saying it was a personal choice. A July 4 celebration he attended at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota was "mask-optional" and had no social distancing.

 

(Open https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-TRENDS/dgkvlgkrkpb/index.html in an external browser for a Reuters interactive)

 

(Reporting by Jane Wardell; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

 

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Why they always bag on Texas and omit California? Cali is on par with Texas and their death count is higher. 
 

 

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Deaths per million population still far better than the UK, what's the fuss about?

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1 hour ago, LomSak27 said:

Talking points. 

 

As the surge accelerates. We need to convince Americans they can live with virus. We hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and come to accept tens of thousands of new cases every day. Americans will live with the virus being a threat. There can be no governmental aide or remedy.

 

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Hey, happens with gun violence so you probably aren’t too far off the mark on that one.

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Flordia man says "We're in a good place."

 

Trump says he disagrees with Fauci: "I think we are in a good place. I disagree with him."

 

“Well, I think we are in a good place. I disagree with him,” Trump told Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren, according to a transcript of the interview released Tuesday. “Dr. Fauci said don't wear masks and now he says wear them. And he said numerous things. Don't close off China. Don't ban China. I did it anyway. I didn't listen to my experts and I banned China. We would have been in much worse shape.”

 

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-07-07-20-intl/h_980c3fd6931a1535a28ac5a56c4b3be2

 

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