"We are making these cautious, calibrated steps, we are opening as much of hospitality as we can on 4 July, opening as much of the economy as we can", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today (29 June), adding: "but to make all that possible we have to remain vigilant".
The worsening contagion in the south and west comes as northern states, notably NY and its neighbours, which were hit hardest initially, have reported declining cases and have begun to forge ahead with reopening plans.
U.S. Vice President Pence on Sunday said the federal government would extend support for coronavirus testing in Texas as long as necessary amid a unsafe surge in new cases, after U.S. health officials had moved to curb some sites in various localities.
This comes as large crowds flocked to places like Salt River East on Saturday, climbing into inflatable inner tubes with coolers, taking to the water to escape the heat.many of them without wearing masks.More news: Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove Confederate emblem from state flag
"We need to understand, the COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very risky turn in Texas over just the past few weeks".
In Miami beaches reopened over two weeks ago but will close for four days over the July 4 weekend, when the United States celebrates independence. "Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are", DeSantis said.
In Arizona, cases have risen by 267% this month and jumped by a record 3,857 on Sunday, the eighth record-breaking increase this month.
"Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000 a day", he said on Sunday.
Florida, Arizona and Nevada have all recorded daily highs for new coronavirus infections, highlighting the worsening spread of the outbreak in several southern and western states, which has prompting some local governments to roll back reopening plans.More news: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over Qassem Soleimani killing
Pence also attended a service at a church where a 100-member choir sang without masks, something health officials have warned can lead to the spread of the virus and COVID-19, the illness it causes.
In March, a church choir in Washington gathered for a rehearsal before the state issued a stay-at-home order. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 87% of the singers developed COVID-19.
Vice President Mike Pence drew attention for not wearing a mask during the press conference.
The Sarasota County Republican Party confirmed in a note to supporters that Pence's campaign event along the Gulf Coast of the state was also postponed. But in Hawaii, the city of Honolulu announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distancing.
Azar pointed to a recent spike in infections, particularly in the South. "Wearing a face mask, sanitizing your hands, keeping a safe distance".More news: Microsoft to close all its retail stores - Hardware - Software