Fears of a Second Wave Arise as Virus Cases Rise in States that Eased Lockdowns

A surge of Covid-19 cases in pockets across the U.S. is raising alarms that a second wave of coronavirus has emerged, even as total infections rose less than 1% this week, the smallest increase since March.

New outbreaks have been observed in 22 states, but health experts say they can’t be directly linked to economies reopening, and it’s still too soon to tell whether mass protests against police brutality will cause a spike.

Still, evidence of a budding second wave is strongest in:

-Arizona: The daily tally of new cases has abruptly spiked over the last two weeks, hitting an all-time high of 1,187 on June 2.

-California: Hospitalizations are at their highest since May 13 and have risen in nine of the past 10 days.

-Florida: A month into its reopening, officials reported 8,553 new cases this week, the most of any seven-day period.

-Texas: Reported hospitalizations jumped 6.3% to 2,056, the highest since the pandemic began, and the third consecutive daily increase.

The U.S. has long been bracing for another wave as cases near 2 million and deaths top 112,000, but future outbreaks won’t mirror the first, said Emory University public health professor Lance Waller: “It’s not snapping back exactly the same, because we’re not exactly the way we were.”

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