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California, Texas and several other states are reporting record increases in cases of the sometimes deadly illness caused by the novel coronavirus, leading to a sobering reassessment of efforts to contain it and raising the stakes for the scores of vaccine candidates being developed at unprecedented speed. During testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Tuesday, Fauci said it's hard to precisely predict how bad the spread of the virus will get, but said he believes it will be "very disturbing".

Fauci said the daily increase in new cases nationwide, now around 40,000, could reach 100,000 unless a full nationwide effort was undertaken to tamp down the resurgent virus.

"We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day". "I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference".

And while Dr. Fauci is a supporter of certain so-called "reopening" pushes, he noted that we are now experiencing the fallout from not doing so in a more responsible and "measured" way.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the country, warned Tuesday that the USA could hit 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day on its current trajectory.

It comes as top U.S. disease expert Anthony Fauci, who is due to testify to Congress, says an "alarmingly large" number of Americans are "anti-science". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. on how many cases and deaths the nation could end up seeing, Fauci declined to offer a death estimate beyond his initial prognosis of somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000.

"We're going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases", he said.

USA could hit 100,000 new virus cases a day: Fauci
Texas has begun reducing its reopening, and Florida's beaches have closed for the upcoming holiday weekend. But there is now broad agreement something has to be done - something that wasn't always the case .

He said that as states work to reopen businesses they should be cautious and work with health officials to ensure that proper guidelines are followed.

Fauci also expressed concerns that some people disregard federal health guidelines on masks and social distancing.

"We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it's very discouraging".

"I think the attitude of pushing back from authority and pushing back on scientific data is very concerning", he said.

"Now we're seeing the consequences of community spread, which is even more hard to contain than spread in a well-known physical location like a prison or nursing home or meatpacking place", Fauci told the cable channel in the interview, which was recorded on Friday. Republican President Donald Trump has refused to cover his face in public. The president even suggested in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that some people wear masks "as a way to signal disapproval of him".

Indeed, earlier in Tuesday's hearing, Sen.

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