The US leads the world in total coronavirus deaths, with 136,938 dead according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. President Donald
The US leads the world in total coronavirus deaths, with 136,938 dead according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. President Donald Trump previously ordered the country to begin easing lockdown measures. Recently, Mr Trump has also pushed ahead with plans to reopen schools this autumn.
The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal suggests that US data shows a second wave of the virus has already started.
He references data showing that since July 6, the seven-day average for daily deaths has jumped by over 200.
He also points to data showing that cases began to rise on June 16, and two weeks later deaths rose along with cases.
Mr Madrigal added: “With the national death numbers rising once again, there’s simply no argument that America can sustain coronavirus outbreaks while somehow escaping fatalities.
“America’s deadly summer coronavirus surge is undeniable.”
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Spikes in coronavirus cases have been seen in many states that have reopened their businesses.
Florida, the major COVID-19 hotspot in the US, has seen a drastic rise in cases after reopening bars on June 5.
According to the CDC, the state has seen 77,400 new cases in the last seven days.
Florida also broke US daily records when it reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on July 12.
On June 26, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered bars to close again in response to the resurgent virus.
But Katia Koele, associate professor in virology at Emory University, suggested that the US has not reached the end of the first wave.
Speaking to technology website Wired she said: “Where these increases in incidence are going on is in places which have reopened their businesses.
“It seems like the reopening of states that have facilitated people aggregating in close quarters is really what’s responsible for the increase in cases.”
It comes as Mr Trump’s Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended the US Government’s push to reopen schools.
She said: “The science should not stand in the way of this, the science is on our side here.”
Mr Trump also criticised the CDC for “very tough and expensive” guidelines on schools reopening.
He said: “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things.
“I will be meeting with them!”