US could hit 100,000 new virus cases a day: Fauci Jul 01, 2020 0 768 12345 AFPWashingtonA top US health expert warned Congress on Tuesday that new coronavirus cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if authorities and the public fail to take steps to suppress the pandemic.Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, a leading member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, said the United States was headed in the “wrong direction” on the pandemic and demanded that Americans wear masks and avoid crowds after lax behaviour propelled new outbreaks.“I’m very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on, because we’re going in the wrong direction,” he testified to a Senate panel.Alarming spikes in new cases in southern hotspots Texas and Florida are driving the daily national total of new cases to over 40,000 per day, and they need to be tamped down quickly to avoid dangerous surges elsewhere in the country, Fauci stressed.“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” he said adding: “I would not be surprised if it goes up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”The dire messaging reinforced concerns about the US ability to rein in a pandemic that has claimed some 126,000 American lives.The testimony comes as the United States, the world’s hardest-hit nation, with more than 2.6 million infections, was left off the list of 15 countries to which the European Union will open its borders from July 1, and as it grapples with how to assure a safe reopening of schools in the coming months.Fauci said he believed some states are “skipping over some of the checkpoints” that assure safe reopenings of business and public spaces. And he also offered a blunt message to the nation’s young adults who have engaged in “dangerous” behavior including congregating in bars, not wearing masks, and not following social distancing guidelines. “I think we need to emphasize the responsibility that we have, both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic, that we all have to play a part in that,” Fauci said. RELATED ARTICLES EU reopens borders to 15 countries but US excluded Jul 01, 2020 0 1410 UK confirms seeing US intelligence on ‘Russian bounties to Taliban’ Jul 01, 2020 0 573 French hospital staff protest in push for budget surge Jul 01, 2020 0 582 Brazilian minister’s swearing-in postponed over allegedly false CV RIO DE JANEIRO: The swearing-in of Brazil’s newly appointed education minister, Carlos Decotelli, has been postponed after a German university contradicted his claims of having studied there for two years, local .. Austria woman wins right to Apple data of dead partner VIENNA: A woman has won the right to get access from Apple to her dead partner’s account in a ruling that could set a precedent for other heirs in Austria, her lawyer said on Tuesday. A district court in Dornbirn in the western .. Germany, Lithuania sign armed forces agreement RIGA: Lithuania and Germany have signed a defence cooperation agreement that forms the legal basis for soldiers from the two NATO partners to be stationed in the territory of the other country, according to the Ministry .. 40% of virus carriers in Italian town show no symptoms AFP Paris More than 40 percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in one Italian town showed no signs of being ill, according to research published on Tuesday indicating that asymptomatic carriers may be significant .. UN rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, US AFP Geneva The UN rights chief on Tuesday said COVID-19 was being instrumentalised to silence free speech, citing China and Russia, while voicing alarm at statements in the US that “deny the reality” of the virus. UN High ..