Infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci said there are signs the surge could be peaking in the South and West, with other areas on the brink of new outbreaks
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The United States is braced for a second wave of coronavirus after the nation’s death toll rose by nearly 1,300 in a single day.
US deaths from Covid-19 rose by 1,292 on Tuesday, the biggest one-day increase since May, according to a Reuters tally.
Texas added more than 6,000 new cases on Monday, pushing its total to 401,477, according to a Reuters tally
Only three other states – California, Florida and New York – have more than 400,000 total cases.
Infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci said there are signs the surge could be peaking in the South and West, with other areas on the brink of new outbreaks.
Early indications showed the percentage of positive coronavirus tests rising in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
The world’s biggest coronavirus vaccine trial is underway with 30,000 people signed up, as Donald Trump hopes for a ‘silver bullet’.
Moderna Inc’s vaccine against Covid-19 could be ready for widespread use by the end of this year, US and company officials said on Monday – with the trial the final hurdle prior to regulatory approval.
It is the first such late-stage study under the Trump administration’s program to speed development of measures against the disease.
It comes as US coronavirus deaths have risen on a weekly basis for three weeks in a row.
Hospitals in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas have been overwhelmed this month by the surge in cases.
Lockdowns were due to be eased but many states have been forced into u-turns on easing restrictions in a desperate bid to control the spread of the virus.
Debate is now raging over the reopening of schools as US President Donald Trump pushes for students to return to the classroom, while some teachers back online learning.
Coronavirus was first detected in the US in January and the country now has the highest death toll in the world with nearly 150,000 fatalities.
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