One person in the United States died about every minute on Wednesday due to COVID-19, as the national death toll exceeded 150,000 and California, Florida and Texas all peaked for fatalities.
The United States registered 1,461 new deaths, which is the highest one-day peak since 1,484 on May 27.
The number of coronavirus deaths across the country has risen most rapidly in two months and has increased by 10,000 over the past 11 days.
Nationally, deaths from COVID-19 have risen three weeks in a row, while the number of new cases has fallen from week to week for the first time since June.
California, Florida and Texas, the three largest US states, all set a daily record for the number of fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The United States registered 1,461 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, its highest peak in one day since 1,484 on May 27
The number of coronavirus deaths across the country has risen most rapidly in two months and has increased by 10,000 over the past 11 days. Nationally, deaths from COVID-19 have risen three weeks in a row
Of the 1,400 deaths reported nationwide on Wednesday, 56 percent were in the south and 13 percent in the west
Of the 1,400 deaths reported nationwide on Wednesday, 56 percent were in the south and 13 percent in the west.
Texas is leading nearly 4,300 deaths so far this month, followed by Florida with 2,900 and California, the most populous state, with 2,700.
The Texas figure includes hundreds of deaths after the state changed the way it counted COVID-19 fatalities.
The three states together represent a quarter of the total U.S. population.
The rate of coronavirus infections has accelerated since late May, and the epicenter has moved south and west from New York.
While new infections seem to have slowed, July deaths in California, Texas and Florida have risen rapidly.
However, New York still leads the country in the total number of lives lost and before death per capita.
Although mortality is on the rise in the United States, they remain well below April levels, when an average of 2,000 people died each day from the virus.
Florida deaths rose to a record 217 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 6,457. 9,446 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 451,423
The death toll in Texas increased by 313 on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 6,190. In cases that decreased last week, 9,042 new infections were reported, bringing the total to 403,307
The number of deaths in California rose to 197 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 8,715. The number increased by 8,755, bringing the total number of cases to 475,305
Health experts have indicated that the death toll may not be all that bad this time, possibly because much of the current cases are younger people, who are less likely to die, and because of advances in treatment and knowledge of the virus.
Deaths are a lagging indicator and can continue to rise for weeks after new infections have fallen. Coronavirus mortality, when it occurs, usually occurs several weeks after a person is first infected.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted in March that the pandemic could kill more than 81,000 people in July.
In its latest statement in mid-July, the IHME said its model now projects the death toll to more than 224,000 on November 1.
It said many fatalities could be prevented through preventive measures such as masks and social distance.
Many health experts say the outbreak could be brought more under control if guidelines for maintaining social distance and wearing masks across the country were enforced.
Trump rejected the idea of a federal mask order and was initially reluctant to see one wearing it, but has since turned to supportive masks.
A spike in infections in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas this month has overwhelmed hospitals and has left the states in a plight.
There are signs that the virus has also spread further north in recent days, raising concerns among public health officials who fear states are not doing enough to prevent catastrophic outbreaks like those seen in the Sunbelt over the past two months.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both members of the White House Task Force, have said there are signs that the virus could peak in the south and west, while other areas were on the eve of new outbreaks.
Cases are now increasing mainly in the Midwest, which, according to public health officials, is a sign that the virus is spreading north from the Sunbelt states.
Fears are growing about the potential for a significant upswing in the Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Colorado, which has been fueled in large part by an increase in the number of cases among young adults who have returned to bars, restaurants, and health clubs.