Florida, Texas Had Nearly Three Times As Many COVID-19 Cases This Week as the EU

Cases of the novel coronavirus continue to soar in the U.S., including in Florida and Texas, each of which has seen around 44,000 to 50,000 new infections in the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Over the past week, the combined total number of new cases reported in Texas and Florida was greater than the combined total reported in all 27 countries within the European Union (EU).

Florida saw a total of 50,000 new cases from June 25 to July 1, while Texas reported 44,300 new cases within the same period.

The combined total new cases in both states in the past week amounted to 94,300, nearly three times more than the 32,458 new infections reported in the whole of the EU this week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In the past week, both states individually reported more than five times the total new cases seen in Sweden, which had the highest total within the EU in the last week with 8,655 total new cases.

Florida saw nearly 10 times the number new infections seen in France (5,059), while Texas recorded nearly 15 times the number of new cases seen in Germany (3,022) over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The daily case count in Texas has been mostly increasing from around May 1, when the state began phase one of reopening. The daily case count began rising on a steeper incline from around June 8, less than a week after the state entered phase two of reopening on June 3.

Last Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a "temporary pause" on further reopenings, noting the outbreak had taken a "very swift and a very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks," at press briefing.

Restrictions were reintroduced on bars, restaurants and outdoor gatherings under an executive order issued by Abbott. Bars and similar businesses who "receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages," were closed from 12 p.m. local time on Friday, according to the order.

The daily case count in Florida began to increase from around May 27, just over three weeks since most Florida counties entered phase one of reopening on May 4. New infections began to see sharper increases from around June 8, just days after the second phase of reopening began on June 5.

Around mid-June, a handful of bars in Florida were closed again after customers tested positive for the virus. The new cases were reported about a week after nearly all Florida counties entered phase two of reopening.

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Beach-goers are seen at Miami Beach, Florida on June 30, 2020. Getty Images

Below are the total number of new infections reported in each of the 27 EU countries in the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Total new COVID-19 cases in the European Union

Total: 32,458 (from June 25 to July 1)

  1. Sweden: 8,655
  2. France: 5,059
  3. Germany: 3,022
  4. Spain: 2,573
  5. Romania: 2,470
  6. Portugal: 2,350
  7. Poland: 1,954
  8. Italy: 1,350
  9. Czech Republic: 1,269
  10. Bulgaria: 912
  11. Belgium: 611
  12. The Netherlands: 471
  13. Croatia: 443
  14. Austria: 424
  15. Luxembourg: 205
  16. Denmark: 179
  17. Greece: 122
  18. Ireland: 81
  19. Slovakia: 80
  20. Slovenia: 72
  21. Finland: 69
  22. Hungary: 43
  23. Lithuania: 14
  24. Latvia: 10
  25. Cyprus: 8
  26. Estonia: 6
  27. Malta: 6

The coronavirus, first reported in Wuhan, China, has spread to more than 10.7 million people across the globe, including over 2.6 million in the U.S. Over 5.5 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 516,700 have died, as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The graphics below, provided by Statista, illustrate the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and European Union.

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A graph comparing newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe. Statista