A new federal report published by The New York Times has found that 21 U.S. states now have coronavirus outbreaks serious enough to place them in the "red zone". That have been designated as such as they had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week ending July 24. The list of states includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
The report recommended that the "red zone" states put more restrictions in place but President Trump called for more states to reopen just a day after its publication. It also warned that "a statewide mask mandate is critical to stop the spread". Yesterday, Florida reported a record one-day increase in coronavirus deaths with 191 people dying while Texas has now passed 400,000 infections.