Texas and Florida Restrict Businesses as States' Coronavirus Cases Continue Rising

US sees daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that the state is pausing all reopening plans at this time, in a bid to stem the rapidly increasing number of recently seen coronavirus cases.

Florida, Utah, and SC hit daily highs Friday for reported new cases, but even leaders outside the new hot zones in the South and West expressed mounting anxiety.

Alabama, Alaska, California, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas also reported their highest single-day totals of new known cases this week, and the United States set records for daily new cases on both Wednesday and Thursday. Florida banned on-premise alcohol consumption in bars as the state's case count recorded 9,000 new cases in one day.

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Mark Martinez, owner of a Lubbock beer garden, learned when friends texted him the news at about 8:00am.

"I spent thousands of dollars in inventory getting ready for this weekend".

"Taking us back down to 50 per cent capacity means we won't have enough business to pay staff, let alone the bills".

"I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly and socially distancing themselves from others".

Florida, another state that reopened its economy relatively quickly, told bar owners in the state to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises.Earlier this week NY joined New Jersey and CT in imposing a 14-day mandatory quarantines on travelers from states with high infection rates.

US sees daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases
Florida, Arizona, Nevada set records for new coronavirus cases

California Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday that Imperial County, southeast of Los Angeles, has become so overwhelmed by the virus that he was recommending it issue a strict new stay-at-home order.

Texas had been at the forefront of states peeling away restrictions created to control the pandemic.

The announcement came as Texas continued a 15-day streak of record hospitalisations across the state for COVID-19, with more than 5,100 people being treated for the disease on Friday, according to the Texas Tribune.

NY still has the country's highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths, but the day-to-day numbers have been steadily falling: At its peak, the virus claimed 1,000 lives a day in the state; on Thursday, the state recorded 17 deaths.

"We have to be very careful", he said.

More than half of USA states, particularly in the South and West, have seen spikes in the number of COVID cases, while once hard-hit northeastern states have continued to mark improvements. USA deaths now exceed 125,000, approximately one-quarter the world total of nearly 499,000. "We have been stressing staying away from the 3 Cs which are: closed spaces with inadequate air flow, crowded spots with many people today nearby and near-get hold of options, such as shut-variety conversations".

In an interview Friday, he said officials were having "intense discussions" about a possible shift to "pool testing", in which samples from many people are tested at once in an effort to quickly find and isolate the infected.

Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma were also among U.S. states seeing a sharp rise in case.

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