June 30, 2020 -- With the number of coronavirus cases growing across the country, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Sunday that the "window is closing" for the United States to control the pandemic.

"Things are very different from 2 months ago,” Azar said on CNN’s State of the Union. “So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control.”

The U.S. reported 40,173 new cases on Friday -- a daily record, CNN reported. CNN said 36 states showed an increase in new cases over the past week, with only two states -- Connecticut and Rhode Island – showing a decline. The United States now has reported 2.4 million cases and more than 115,000 deaths.

Some of the states that reopened their economies early, such as Texas and Florida, are now seeing spikes in new cases. Azar said "inappropriate individual behavior" caused the spikes, not the early reopenings.

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