Trump pushes schools to open as US coronavirus cases top three million

Jul 9 2020, 3:24 pm

In the six months since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country, the United States has now surpassed the 3,000,000 mark.

With recent spikes in cases, including record-high reports in some regions, many counties and states have put a pause on their reopening plans. Some states have rolled back reopening phases, reinstated lockdowns, and mandated face masks.

In a tweet, President Trump said the reason for the recent uptick is that the United States has a “bigger and better” testing system compared to other countries.

The president has also highlighted his thoughts on the importance of opening schools across America.

The World Health Organization — which the US recently announced they would withdraw from, after cutting their funding — insists the worst is yet to come for coronavirus, and that tracing and regulations have helped many countries stop the spread.

“We know that when countries take a comprehensive approach based on fundamental public health measures – such as find, isolate, test and treat cases, and trace and quarantine contacts – the outbreak can be brought under control,” says WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Brazil, which has also seen spikes in recent weeks, remains the second-highest impacted country in the world with 1.7 million cases recorded, which is just over half of the reported cases in the US.

At the time of writing, the coronavirus pandemic has infected 3,088,913 Americans and has led to 132,934 deaths in the country.

Globally, the number of known coronavirus cases has climbed to 12,128,406 people, with 551,522 fatalities.

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