Coronavirus Infections Up in 36 States as U.S. Sets New Daily Record Ahead of July 4

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In an effort to contain the virus during the holiday weekend, Los Angeles County announced that its beaches will remain closed, joining several Florida counties that have done the same.

Public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths and beach access points will close at midnight Friday and reopen Monday at 5 a.m., county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced in a statement released Tuesday.

The closure was a “difficult decision to make,” she said, but important, as the potential for large gatherings is “a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.”

On Tuesday, before a Senate committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that congregating inside at bars is "bad news" and called on Americans to "stop that right now."

Fauci cited the dramatic rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. He stressed that people could transmit COVID-19 whether or not they ever feel ill.

"I think we need to emphasize the responsibility that we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic that we all have to play a part in that," Fauci said.

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