The US government’s top infectious diseases expert has warned that daily Covid-19 cases could more than double if Americans fail to take counter- measures.

Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also cautioned against pinning hopes on a vaccine.

California, Texas and several other states are reporting record increases in cases of the sometimes deadly illness caused by the coronavirus.

Unless Americans wear masks and recommit to social distancing, the daily increase in new cases nationwide, currently around 40,000, could reach 100,000, Fauci told a US Senate committee.

“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Fauci said on Tuesday. I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”

Covid-19 cases more than doubled in June in at least 10 states, including Texas and Florida, a Reuters tally showed.

More than 126,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.

Coronavirus cases more than doubled in 14 US states in the month of June, including California, Florida and Texas, a Reuters analysis on Tuesday showed.

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