The U.S. on Wednesday reported more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, as states across the nation paused reopening plans due to a recent surge in infections.
The figure represented a new single-day high in the country, which has reported approximately 2.6 million total cases of COVID-19 and 128,000 deaths caused by it. Health officials on Wednesday reported about 50,700 confirmed virus cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University database, marking a jump from the previous single-day high of 45,300 cases.
While the initial epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak was in New York metropolitan area, states such as California, Texas, Arizona and Florida are now accounting for a substantial portion of the country’s cases. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, testified before Congress on Tuesday that those states were accounting for about 50 percent of the country’s new cases on average.
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