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Facing a surge of new coronavirus cases, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed regret for allowing bars to reopen so early, saying Friday that he did not realize how fast the virus would spread.

“If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spreads in the bar setting,” Abbott said in anevening interview with KVIA in El Paso.

For the third day in a row, the United States set a single-day record for new cases, with 44,702 reported Friday. Thirteen states set their own records for the average number of new cases reported over the past seven days.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Officials across the country movedto slow their reopenings, with ceaches in Florida’s Miami-Dade County closing over the Fourth of July weekend.
  • A federal judge in California on Friday cited coronavirus outbreaks when ordering the release of migrant children being held with their parents at the country’s three family detention facilities.
  • An Oklahoma journalist who covered President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa last week said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence, in thefirst public briefingof the coronavirus task force in nearly two months, offered no new strategies to combatthe rapidly spreading virus.
  • The Trump administration official coordinating tests for the virus did a partial pivot Friday, announcing that the government would briefly extend its management of five testing sites in Texas, a state with a recent spike of cases and hospitalizations.
  • The surge of infections happening in several states is a “disturbing trend” that complicates locating the source of an outbreak, Anthony S. Fauci, the top U.S. infectious-disease expert, said Friday.

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