Several US states report spike in coronavirus cases as stocks plunge

WION Web Team
Washington Published: Jun 12, 2020, 05:22 AM(IST)

Coronavirus antibody blood testing takes place in the Staten Island borough in New York City Photograph:( AFP )

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Texas which was the first to reopen saw a 36 per cent increase in new COVID-19 cases with 2,056 hospitalizations

Several US states witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 death toll climbed to over 1 million on Thursday.

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According to government data, nine US states including Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona and Utah were showing increased hospitalizations.

The number of cases has been on the rise since Memorial Day. Texas which was the first to reopen saw a 36 per cent increase in new COVID-19 cases with 2,056 hospitalizations.

The Houston Health Department in Texas said in a tweet said: "Wrong direction, if we don't take the increasing COVID-19 cases seriously now, we may soon end up in a  deadly situation."

"Wear a mask, social distance, wash hands & get tested," it added. The development comes even as the US crossed the grim 100,000 death toll mark on Thursday with nearly 1.7 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus live tracker.  

Several US states have eased lockdown rules with US capital Washington set to ease its lockdown from Friday. 

Amid reports of rise in cases, US stocks plunged with the Dow Jones Industrial Average crashing 6.9 per cent to 1,850 points ending at  25,128.17. 

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