Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll tops 115,000 amid growing worry about uptick in cases in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 4 weeks ago • 46 comments
By: Ciara Linnane
Florida beachgoers head for the exit at 5 p.m. closing. GETTY IMAGES
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 115,000 on Monday, and the stock market tanked amid growing concerns about the uptick in cases in several states after their first efforts to reopen after lockdowns.
While early hot spots, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, are showing clear progress in containing the spread of the illness, other states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah are all seeing increases in infections.
In total, 23 states are showing a rise in cases. Texas, Arkansas and Arizona are pushing ahead despite their red flags,
Texas hit highs in the past week for hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases, prompting Houston’s top county official, Lina Hidalgo, to warn that “we may be approaching the precipice of a disaster.”
Yet the Lone Star state went ahead with allowing restaurants to expand eat-in dining Friday to 75% of capacity, up from 50%, said the AP.