COVID-19 cases rise as U.S. states reopen economy

Added On June 23, 2020

New York City entered phase two of reopening on Monday, with businesses like hair salons, real estate sales and some in-store retails allowed to reopen. Restaurants can also serve customers in outdoor space. However, several U.S. states in the South and Southwest are seeing upticks in their coronavirus case counts. As of Sunday, the nation's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases increased more than 24 percent compared with a week ago. According to a CNBC analysis, hospitalizations from COVID-19 had risen in 14 states as of Sunday. Public health experts believe that states' hasty efforts to reopen their economies, weeks of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, as well as some Americans' unwillingness to practice social distancing, have all contributed to the recent surge in cases. Since late April, U.S. states, facing record unemployment, have gradually started to reopen their economies, though COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations had shown no sign to ease. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday warned that the world has moved into a "new and dangerous phase" as countries have lifted lockdowns and other measures intended to curb the virus' spread.