U.S. reports another day of record COVID-19 cases

Increasing daily coronavirus infections in 39 states put a damper on Fourth of July weekend celebrations. The rolling seven-day average daily increase in coronavirus cases reached 48,606 on Sunday, setting a record high for the 27th day in a row.

Local authorities in Florida, Texas, and Arizona said their states’ early reopenings had fueled a spike in new infections and time was running out to contain the spread of the pandemic.

“We opened way too early in Arizona,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D) said on ABC. Hospitalizations linked to the virus rose in Arizona and Nevada, and Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler (D) said on CNN’s State of the Union that his city was “within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun.”

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