Texas and Florida are shutting down bars again and scaling back restaurant dining as confirmed coronavirus cases surge.
Texas has reported more than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last three days.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says the community is careening toward a catastrophic situation.
In Florida the daily increase for Wednesday was 5,500 cases.
Record breaking COVID-19 cases reported in Florida
Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars after its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, almost double the previous record set just two days ago.
The Florida agency that governs bars announced the ban on Twitter, minutes after the Department of Health reported 8,942 new confirmed cases, topping the previous record of 5,500 set Wednesday.
More than 24,000 cases have been reported since Saturday, more than a fifth of the 111,724 cases confirmed since March 1.
The department had not updated its death total, which still stood at 3,327.
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