In Arizona, officials identified more than 4,600 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, by far the state’s most in a single day. California’s case count has soared, surpassing 220,000 known infections.
Vice President Mike Pence, the administration’s point person on the virus, insisted that the situation was not dire, telling reporters in suburban Washington, “We’re in a much better place than four months ago, even two months ago.” Mr. Pence has said the new infections are primarily hitting younger people who get less sick.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — three former hot spots in the Northeast — were less sanguine, telling travelers coming into the region to quarantine for 14 days. New York added eight states — California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee — to a quarantine list that already included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. New Jersey and Connecticut are advising travelers from the 16 states to quarantine.
But in Florida, where more than 6,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, remained defiant. On Friday, the state abruptly banned drinking in bars, though they can still sell food and alcohol for takeout. On Tuesday, Mr. DeSantis said at a news conference in Juno Beach that was enough: “We’re not going back, closing things.”
With the virus not under control in the United States, the European Union announced on Tuesday that it would open its borders to visitors from 15 countries — but not from America.
Even states that had reported improvements were starting to see the number of new cases rise, causing governors to rethink their plans to get residents back to work.