New York announced fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday for the first time in more than two months, marking a new positive milestone for the country’s largest cluster of cases as the global pandemic continues to extend its reach.
However, other states are seeing rising diagnoses, amplifying the concerns of public health officials that the virus could move through the country in waves. North Carolina, for example, is seeing a steady increase in daily cases, forcing the Republican National Convention slated for August to move out of Charlotte.
NC Gov. Roy Cooper told the RNC he could not guarantee a full auditorium — in line with President Donald Trump administration’s own social distancing guidelines — while the president and the RNC were demanding the opposite.
Meanwhile, California’s COVID-19 count remains stubbornly high, in spite of restrictive lockdowns expected to last through most of the summer.