Concerns over U.S. Independence Day weekend amid rising COVID-19 cases
Jim Spellman

The U.S. is seeing record numbers of new cases of COVID -19, driven by surging outbreaks across the South and West. In hard hit Texas, hospitals are strained to the limit.

California is one of more than a dozen states rolling back reopening plans, once again banning indoor restaurant seating and closing bars.

"The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," says Gavin Newsom, Governor of California. 

Concerns are growing about the 4th of July Independence Day weekend - a time when American’s typically gather for BBQs, parties and fireworks displays. Public celebrations are being cancelled. Florida is closing the beaches.

CGTN's Jim Spellman takes a look.