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Largest Spike in COVID-19 Cases Recorded in the US on Friday, WHO to Raise $31.3 billion for Treatment and Cure

  • The US recorded the largest spike in the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday with a record of 45,242 new cases. This sharp increase has brought the total number of confirmed positive cases of novel coronavirus in the United States to at least 2.48 million. The highest single-day record of Covid-19 cases has been recorded in 5 US states (Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee, and Utah). The next possible epicenter of the US is Florida, which has seen 8,938 new cases on Friday. It surpassed the state’s earlier record of 5,511. However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said that the sudden spike in the confirmed COVID-19 cases is due to a “test dump” and “nothing has changed in the last week”. However, Florida state officials have asked bars to stop serving alcohol on their premises. Texas, the second-most populous state of the United States, has paused its second phase of the reopening plan. Nine other US states (including North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Maine, Louisiana, Idaho, Delaware, Arkansas, and Arizona) have also announced the stoppage of their second phase of economic reopening. US infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that the country is facing a “serious problem” as 16 US States are suffering from a significant spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19. The US health officials say that the actual number of positive cases of novel coronavirus is around 10-times highest than that of the reported figure. Even when the new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection crossed 40,000 in a single day on Friday, Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence said that the US has made “truly remarkable progress” in their battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. With the confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and deaths surpassing 9.8 million and 493,040 globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the governments and private sector donors to help raise funds amounting to $31.3 billion in the coming 12 months so that tests, treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19 can be developed and delivered.