SALT LAKE CITY — Record daily increases of COVID-19 cases were seen in Utah and around the world over the weekend.
The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Utah reached a new daily high on Saturday with 643. That topped the record of 586 new cases on Friday.
The World Health Organization reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count – at more than 183-thousand new cases in 24-hours over the weekend.
The US had the second most cases – at 36,617 – with 23 states – including Utah – seeing a rise in cases.
Experts say it’s partially because of increased testing – but more than two-thirds of the new deaths were also reported in the Americas.
Across the south, some officials are concerned about an increased number of younger people testing positive.
Restrictions are also loosening.
In New York City – the worst affected area so far – people will be able to dine out Monday for the first time in three months, but only at outdoor tables.
Stores, salons and playgrounds are also reopening there.
Meantime, the Utah Department of Health says the current rise isn’t sustainable.
State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, called the numbers "sobering," and says we are at risk for overwhelming our hospital capacity.
Here in Utah, experts are calling on everyone to go back to the tried-and-true ways of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus -- wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing hands often and staying home if you feel ill.