U.S. states see record spikes in COVID-19 cases

As temperatures rise in the U.S., states are seeing record spikes in the number of coronavirus cases. In Arizona, cases have risen by over 260% so far in June and jumped by a record of 3,800 plus cases on Sunday, the eighth record-breaking increase this month. This comes as large crowds flocked to places like Salt River East on Saturday, climbing into inflatable inner tubes with coolers, taking to the water to escape the heat...many of them without wearing masks. Meanwhile, Florida, also recently hit by a second wave of cases, reported more than 8,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, down slightly from the day before after setting a record for daily cases on Saturday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday blamed the increase in coronavirus cases in his state on the increase in young people who have tested positive and a ramp up in testing: "I think the increased cases are being driven, a lot of because you are seeing much more spread among the younger demographic, I think that positivity rate, we would like to get that going in a downward direction. We are testing a lot more, you're testing in areas that you wouldn't have been testing before. Particularly in that 18-24 demographic." Florida is closing some of its beaches again ahead of next weekend's Fourth of July holiday. (VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE PENCE) "...and wear a mask, wherever it's indicated" Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday visited Texas and its Governor Greg Abbott, another state recently hit with a surge of COVID-19 cases. Abbott said his state would return to the strategies that helped them slow the spread the first time back in March and April: "We need to understand, the COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks. (flash) It does require all Texans to go back to those strategies that we mastered. Wearing a face mask, sanitizing your hands, keeping a safe distance." Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the disease that has so far killed almost half a million people.