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Fauci says coronavirus surge due to U.S. not shutting down completely

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Monday attributed the current surge in coronavirus cases to the United States not having shut down completely to snuff out outbreaks of the disease.

“We did not shut down entirely and that’s the reason why when we went up,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with Stanford Medicine.

“We started to come down and then we plateaued at a level that was really quite high - about 20,000 infections a day. Then as we started to reopen, we’re seeing the surges that we’re seeing today as we speak in California, your own state, in Arizona in Texas in Florida and several other states.” (Reporting by Makini Brice and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Franklin Paul)

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