Coronavirus infections across the United States have passed 2.5 million, with record numbers of cases reported in the states of Florida and Texas.
The surge in cases in southern states comes after businesses were allowed to re-open in recent weeks.
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Florida reported more than 9,500 new cases, up from almost 9,000 on Friday, the previous record.
The spike has led state officials to tighten restrictions on business again – as Texas also did on Friday.
The leading US government adviser on coronavirus, Dr Anthony Fauci, said last week that the country had a “serious problem”.
More than 125,000 Covid-19 patients have died nationwide – more than in any other country.
Speaking at the first White House coronavirus task force briefing in two months, Dr Fauci said on Friday that the current rises were due to regions “maybe opening a little bit too early” and to people themselves not following guidance.
“People are infecting other people, and then ultimately you will infect someone who’s vulnerable,” he said.
Vice-President Mike Pence – who heads the coronavirus task force – has called off campaigning events in Florida and Arizona this week. An unnamed campaign official told Reuters news agency Mr Pence was acting out of an “abundance of caution”.
The events were due to drum up support for President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
Mr Pence is still expected to travel to the states to meet health officials, the Associated Press reports.
On Saturday morning, June 27, 2020, the state reported 9,585 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. It has set records for new cases almost daily since mid-June.
The total number of cases in Florida so far is over 132,000. More than 3,300 people with Covid-19 have died.