Coronavirus outbreak in Florida and California may be ‘peaking’ as 21 states are placed in ‘red zone’

A CORONAVIRUS outbreak in Florida and California may be "peaking" as 21 other states have been placed in a "red zone."

Dr Anthony Fauci – the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease – revealed on Tuesday that a coronavirus outbreak could be looming in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, Dr Fauci said an increased number of positive coronavirus tests is a “very early indication” of an upcoming outbreak.

“That’s a surefire sign that you’ve got to be careful," he added.

Referring to a surge in cases in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California – which has reversed or halted the reopening of states – Fauci said: "They may be cresting and coming back down."

He stressed the importance of states following guidelines and opening with caution.

A new federal report has revealed that 21 states are now a federal "red zone" – as they have reported more than 100 new cases over 100,000 people in the past week, according to the New York Times,

The states in question are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Within the past 24 hours, 191 people died in Florida – which is the highest single-day increase yet, the state health department revealed Tuesday.

The number of California's coronavirus-related deaths increased by .09 percent from Sunday's total, according to a statewide update.

California now has at least 466,550 confirmed cases and 8,518 reported deaths.

“Statewide mask mandate is critical to stop the spread," the report stated.

Vermont is the only state in the "green zone" – meaning it has less than 1- new cases over 100,000 people.

The remaining states are considered to be in the "yellow" category because they are reported to have between 10 and 100 cases a week per 100,000 people, according to the Times.

According to a report published earlier this month, Missouri, North Dakota, and Wisconsin were added to the serious "red" zone after July 14.

As of Tuesday, at least 4.2million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 – and nearly 146,000 have died from the virus.

Meanwhile, top infectious disease expert Dr Fauci insisted he has not lied to the public "under any circumstances" about COVID-19.

Fauci made the comments during an interview with ABC's George Stephanoloulos on Tuesday when asked about Donald Trump's recent Twitter tirade.

Despite the number of states in the "red zone," President Trump said Monday that certain governors should be "opening up " states.

The president also stated that the number of new coronavirus cases is trending in the right direction, and that he believes "a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they're not opening."

Trump also told reporters that "tremendous progress" has been made on a vaccine – and that the US will be in "good shape" by the end of the year.

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