Spiking coronavirus diagnoses in parts of the U.S. prompted many experts to speculate about a second round of restrictions in some states, even as the federal officials have unequivocally rejected the idea of a new national lockdown as being on the table.
To some extent, the surges in states like Texas, California, Arizona, Florida and South Carolina was anticipated from the start by health experts as restrictive orders were relaxed.
However, fears are growing as the Sunshine and Palmetto states reported their highest single-day increases, while the Lone Star State is weighing re-entering a lockdown. Oregon, meanwhile, has paused its reopening for a week as it sees cases rise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a White House task force briefing in early April that the biggest enemy of the virus was physical separation. As stay-at-home orders ease gradually, however,