The total number of people infected by COVID-19 across the world has now crossed 10 million, since the disease first broke out, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This week the USA saw its highest daily increase of the pandemic, with more than 45,000 new cases reported Friday.
With an additional 502 deaths recorded Saturday, the USA has now seen 125,480 fatalities related to COVID-19, or approximately one-fourth the world total of over 495,000.
For many states and counties in the US, the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps.
The worldwide tally of virus-linked deaths has reached 499,124, while the number of recoveries tops 5 million.
Almost half a million people have died from the Covid-19 respiratory disease in the last seven months.
On Saturday, the U.S. reported a record daily increase of over 45,000 cases of infection.
By last month, with many days seeing fewer than 20,000 new cases per day, most states began loosening their restrictions.
Other countries are seeing more than 10,000 infections a day.
India set a daily record on Saturday with more than 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths, bringing its total of registered cases to 500,000. Nigeria comes next with 24,077 infections and 558 deaths. Roughly half of reported infections are known to have recovered. Some researchers have said the death toll in Latin America could rise to more than 380,000 by October.
Brazil - the second-hardest-hit country in the world after the United States - recorded more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday. California, the most populous state, which did institute severe coronavirus closures, also saw record cases this week.