The United States posted a new record for the number of coronavirus infections in a day on Thursday, with more than 65 500 additional cases identified in 24 hours, according to the count at 20 h 30 of Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S.'s total number of cases is nearly double that of Brazil - the country with the second-most confirmed cases of the virus.
NY state remains the hardest-hit with 398,237 cases and 32,243 fatalities.
The White House has downplayed the severity of the new outbreaks across multiple states, insisting that the rising caseloads are only due to expanded testing and focusing on death rates.
Almost 135,000 people have died in the US since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins data. "We need to rethink this and do it differently". "We have tested 40,000,000 people".
The CDC forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks in Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia, will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks.
But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned that he would impose a new stay-at-home order in two weeks if the spike in cases did not ease.
With the nation's school systems in an upheaval since the pandemic began, several governors are beginning to take sides in the debate between key national leaders pushing for children to attend classes in person and many local officials hesitant to congregate students before it is safe. He said schools can't accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain social distancing. But if the virus is being brought under control, then the percentage of positive results relative to the total number of tests should be coming down. It has been closed since March.
Florida recorded 11,433 new cases on Friday. Health care providers are running low on trays and chemicals needed to run machines used in the tests.
With the U.S. school system in an upheaval since the pandemic began, several governors are beginning to take sides in the debate between national leaders pushing for children to attend classes in person and local officials hesitant to congregate students before it is safe.