The U.S map of COVID-19 spread / Image=Wikipedia
[Newsphopick=Gyubin Lee] California, Texas, and Florida all set records for the number of new coronavirus cases in one day, which one expert said is not due just to increased testing. The three most-populous US states set those records while nationally, 34,720 new cases were reported Tuesday in the US -- the third-highest number of new cases reported in one day since the beginning of the pandemic, based on a data archive kept by Johns Hopkins University. The two days with more cases were both in April.
Those three states account for 27.4% of the 328 million people living in the US, according to the latest US Census Bureau estimates. And while some politicians say that increased testing is the cause of increased positive cases, that is not necessarily so, said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota.
"This is not an artifact of just more testing at all," he said. In Texas, new cases and hospitalizations are rising at their fastest rate yet, with the state reporting 5,551 cases on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 5,489 set the day before, health authorities said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged people to stay home due to the surge, with some health officials calling for a stricter stay-at-home order. "Because the spread is so rampant right now, there's never a reason for you to have to leave your home," Abbott told. "Unless you do need to go out, the safest place for you is at your home."