BEIJING (AP) – New cases of coronavirus in the US have reached their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak.
On Tuesday, the US reported 34,700 new cases of infection with this virus, according to data published at Johns Hopkins University, which was published on Wednesday. In just two previous days, the United States reported new cases: April 9 and April 24, when 36,400 cases were reported.
New cases in the US have been growing for more than a week after falling for more than six weeks. While in early hot spots, such as New York and New Jersey, the number of cases has steadily declined, the virus affects the south and west. In many states, one-day highs were set on Tuesday, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas.
Cases also occurred in other parts of the world. India reported a record daily increase of nearly 16,000 new cases. Mexico, where test scores were low, also set a record with over 6,200 new cases.
But China seems to have tamed a new outbreak of the virus in Beijing, once again demonstrating its ability to quickly mobilize vast resources, testing nearly 2.5 million people in 11 days.
In the US state of Arizona, where 3,600 new infections were reported on Tuesday, hundreds of young conservatives gathered at a megacourse to hear President Donald Trump call for support for his re-election proposal.
As he did at a rally in Oklahoma over the weekend, Trump referred to the virus with a derogatory term aimed at his appearance in China.
In anticipation of the event, Phoenix Mayor Democrat Kate Gallego made it clear that she did not believe that the speech could be safely held in her city, and urged the president to wear a face mask. He did not. Trump refused to wear the mask in public, instead turning it into a red-blue-cultural issue.
Earlier Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress that the next few weeks were critical to removing the surge.
“Plan A, don’t go in the crowd. For Plan B, be sure to wear a mask, ”said Fauci, head of the department of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
In China, the outbreak that infected more than 200 people in the capital this month appears to have abated. China on Wednesday reported 12 cases, compared with 22 days earlier. Beijing reported seven new cases, compared to 13.
Officials in Beijing said they tested more than 2.4 million people between June 12-22. This is more than 10% of the population of the capital, about 20 million.
Authorities began checking people in and around food markets. They expanded this to include restaurant staff and 100,000 city employees. China also said that it uses big data to find people who were near the markets for testing, without specifying how.
The vast majority gave a negative result, although one courier delivering products from supermarkets gave a positive result.
The Xinhua official news agency reports that one inflatable mobile laboratory in one area is capable of conducting 30,000 tests per day.
South Korea, which has successfully overcome the first wave of infections, is experiencing another rise. Although the first outbreak was concentrated in its fourth-largest city, the current outbreak occurred in the Seoul region, where most South Koreans live. Authorities reported 51 cases on Wednesday. Over the past two weeks, the number of such cases has increased by 40-50 every day, which occurs against the backdrop of increased social activity and a weakening attitude towards social distances.
In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, the densely populated cities of Mumbai and New Delhi are the most affected. The country has registered more than 450,000 cases of the virus, including more than 14,000 deaths.
The situation in New Delhi is a growing concern as the federal government criticizes its poor contact tracing and lack of hospital beds.
Mexico reported 800 new deaths on Wednesday. The country has recorded more than 190,000 cases and more than 23,000 deaths, although officials acknowledge that both of these indicators are underestimated due to extremely low testing rates. Mexico conducted only about half a million tests, or about one for every 250 inhabitants.
Worldwide, more than 9.2 million people have contracted the virus, including more than 477,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Perry reported from Wellington, New Zealand. Associated Press reporters around the world have contributed.