Bartender Lindsay Pace pours a beer for a customer at Shade Bar NYC. For the first time in three months, New Yorkers will be able to dine out, though only at outdoor tables.
The number of new coronavirus cases is climbing rapidly in more than half of U.S. states, confirming predictions that the easing of state lockdowns over the past month and a half would lead to a surge of infections.
By Monday, cases surpassed 100,000 in Florida. Hospitalizations have increased dramatically in Houston and Georgia, according to the Associated Press, and a startling 1 in 5 of those tested in Arizona have proved to be infected.
On Monday, 29 states and U.S. territories showed an increase in their seven-day average of new coronavirus cases, The Washington Post reported. Nine states reported record average highs.
The United States has the most infections and deaths by far in the world, with 2.3 million cases and nearly 121,000 confirmed virus-related deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There are now about 30,000 new cases reported per day in the United States. The number of new cases had leveled off at about 20,000, and stayed there for weeks before rising this past weekend.
The surge in new cases is raising concerns that any progress made in containing the virus is slipping away.