With the US dealing with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone on Sunday as it broke the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in positive cases.
A long-expected upturn in deaths has begun across the country, driven by fatalities in states in the south and west.
They are still well below the heights hit in April, however, according to a recent Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, called mask wearing in public, which has been met with resistance in some US states, “absolutely essential”.
Mr Giroir, the assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that “if we don’t have that, we will not get control of the virus”.
President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time on Saturday, something Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said showed he has “crossed a bridge”.
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