Coronavirus | China virus cases stabilise as Italy sees drop in deaths

But the frightening numbers could only be the tip of the iceberg: A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the total number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. could be six to 24 times higher than reported.

Texas and Florida, both with Republican governors who had resisted prolonged lockdowns, have announced new restrictions on bars.

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 2.5 million on Saturday when new states saw record spikes this week in their daily rate of coronavirus infection.

Just a day after he sounded a note of optimism about the USA response to the pandemic and said the country was in "a much better place", Vice President Mike Pence canceled events to campaign for Republican President Donald Trump's re-election in Florida and Arizona due to the outbreak, campaign officials said on Saturday. Michigan, which has been more cautious than some other states, has seen a rolling 7-day average of cases up slightly, with the past few days showing a worrying trend but not on the level of other states where reopening has gone wild.

While the rise partly reflects expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence that the virus is making a comeback, including increasing deaths and hospital admissions in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive. "The more we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open Texas to work".

"The only way we're going to end it is by ending it together", he said of the outbreak. "We emphasized avoiding the three Cs that are: enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby, and close contact settings, like close-up conversations".

With Trump struggling to lift his re-election bid off the ground ahead of November, the campaign confirmed that events featuring Vice President Mike Pence in Arizona and Florida next week have been postponed "out of an abundance of caution".

Positive coronavirus tests soar in the United States, as the rate in 21 states over a seven-day period climbs over 5%, according to John Hopkins University. Florida has confirmed more than 40,000 new virus cases over the past seven days, and nearly 27,000 of them were confirmed over the past 72 hours.

In Florida, DeSantis said when the median age for those people contaminated with the virus in March was in the 60s, in the earlier two to 3 weeks it's dropped to people today in their early 30s.

As cases spike, USA tourists are "unlikely" to be allowed into the European Union as the bloc commences opening up to intercontinental travel, quite a few EU diplomats told CNN.

"The risk posed by the virus is still serious", Merkel said.

According to Italy's Health Ministry data, there were eight deaths of infected patients since Friday, raising the nation's known toll in the pandemic to 34,716.

Britain was expected to scrap a 14-day quarantine requirement for people returning from overseas in a bid to make summer vacation travel possible.

No positive cases were found in Beijing's beauty and barber shops in a further sign that the city's recent outbreak has been largely brought under control.

Egypt has largely reopened.

The cases raise the overall statewide total since the pandemic began to a reported 122,960 infections.