America saw a surge in coronavirus cases in the summer while Europe saw a drop off because the United States adhered far less to the early lockdowns, the top US infectious diseases expert has said.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that 95 per cent of parts of European countries obliged when the shut downs first came into effect but only 50 per cent of the US did.
He said that meant when countries began to relax rules and open up their economies as spring turned to summer, virus cases soared in America, because the infection rates had not dropped to as low a level as seen in Europe.
The explanation was offered as Dr Fauci, who has become seen as the face of scientific advice on the pandemic given his senior government position and frequent television appearances, as giving evidence in a congressional committee.
It is an attempt to unpack why in America the number of new coronavirus cases being registered each day jumped from around 20,000 in June to around 70,000 in July, while the numbers dropped off in Europe.