Coronavirus spike forces Miami to close beaches for July 4 weekend, report.
Coronavirus cases shot up in states across the country this week as a few states pump the brakes on reopening plans.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced another round of restrictions, including closing bars and limiting restaurant occupancy. And in Florida, bars on Friday were prohibited from allowing alcohol consumption.
Reopening bars quickly was a mistake, Abbott said in an interview Friday with El Paso TV station KVIA. The state now believes bars are “one of the most dangerous spreaders of COVID-19.” The bar setting “just doesn’t work with a pandemic,” Abbott said, because people often seek out bars to socialize in a crowded setting.
The U.S. continues to see record single-day increases in new confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. On Friday, the U.S. reported 45,255 new cases, according to data maintained by Johns Hopkins University. It’s the second day of record high increases. Thursday saw 39,972 new cases. The increase in cases isn’t due to an increase in testing, health officials say.
Here are the most significant developments of the day:
Beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed over Fourth of July weekend, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Friday.
A journalist who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week said Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19.
A viral video shows a woman shopping without a mask at a California Trader Joe’s caused a scene Friday, calling employees “Democratic pigs” and screaming profanities. California started requiring masks or face coverings be worn inside businesses statewide June 18.
Today’s stats: The world is nearing a half million deaths, with more than 125,000 of them in the United Sates. As of Saturday, there have been more than 9.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and almost 2.5 million in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.
📰 What we’re reading: Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told the Washington Post that officials are talking about implementing a new strategy that tests groups of people together. It’s known as pool testing, and we explain here what it is.