The United States reported 47,913 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,029 new related deaths on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This brings the national total up to 5,361,165 cases and 169,481 deaths.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.
Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned this week that if Americans fail to follow coronavirus prevention guidelines such as wearing masks and avoiding crowds, we could be in store for “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had."
The grim figures come as schools and universities across the country are reopening, yet experts like US’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have warned against a rushed reopening as cases soar in the country.
"To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it's not gonna happen," Fauci told actor Matthew McConaughey in an interview on Instagram on Thursday.
"It's just not gonna happen. You gotta do both. You gotta get control of the biologic as you carefully open the country."
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