No Joke: COVID-19 Cases Surging in US and the World

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, 2020. Image: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, 2020. Image: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Even as the White House walked back President Trump’s Saturday campaign rally comments about slowing testing for COVID-19, new data show cases shooting up in the US and globally, AP reports.

Cases across the US are up 15% in the past 2 weeks, The New York Times reports. California documented 4,515 new cases on Sunday—marking its highest daily increase in infections since March. And Missouri and Oklahoma broke single day records.

Overall, 12 states reported that Sunday saw new highs in their new case average over the previous week, according to The Washington Post.
 
As Democrats and public health experts lambasted the president for the testing comments, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the comments were “tongue in cheek,” CNN reports. Navarro also said the US is boosting national stockpile supplies in advance of a possible second wave this fall.
 
The worrying surge of cases in the US comes as the WHO warned of a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday—the total rose by 183,000 in 24 hours, Reuters reports.

WHO numbers show North and South America were responsible for most of the spike with 116,000 new cases.

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