The United States broke its daily record for coronavirus cases after more than 77,000 new infections were reported on Thursday.
The total number of infections in America has now risen more than 3.5 million after the massive new peak of 77,255 cases, surpassing the previous record high of 67,417 patients registered Tuesday.
It brings the US one step closer to the alarming benchmark of 100,000 cases a day, which Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that it could reach the country if it did not manage the crisis.
Another 943 deaths reported on Thursday raised the death toll to 138,358.
Experts predict a further rise after a spike in hospital admissions in many states.
Florida and Texas both suffered record fatalities yesterday, with 156 and 129 respectively. Both posted more than 10,000 new infections each.
CASES IN THE US: America broke daily record for coronavirus cases after an alarming 77,255 new infections were reported on Thursday
US DEATHS: Death toll rose 943 on Thursday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, increasing the country’s number from 137,415 to 138,358
The total of 3,576,157 cases in the US and 138,358 deaths are both by far the highest in the world, with Brazil ranked second in both tables. India is today the third country to reach a million confirmed infections.
Florida is set to become the new epicenter of the US outbreak, with a record 156 deaths announced yesterday and 13,965 new positive test results.
The state health service said 315,775 people had tested positive in Florida since the pandemic started with a death toll of 4,677.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took swift action to reopen the state and has not followed the lead of California and Texas by mandating masks in indoor areas.
In late June, in a partial reversal, DeSantis ordered the bars to be resealed in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease, but the number continued to rise.
In an unusually direct piece of criticism, Fauci said last week that Florida had come out of its lockout before public health indicators justified such a move.
Texas saw 10,291 new cases on Thursday, a slight drop from Wednesday’s record of 10,791, but the third consecutive day that the figure is above 10,000.
The state also saw a new high of 129 deaths a day, breaking the record for the second day after Wednesday’s previous peak of 110.
It brings the total to 292,656 cases and 3,561 deaths in the state, with more than 130,000 of these cases currently “active.”
The hardest hit areas in Texas and Arizona are running out of places to store bodies as their morgues fill up and bring in coolers and refrigerated trailers.
TEXAS CASES: Texas saw 10,291 new cases on Thursday, down slightly from Wednesday’s record of 10,791 but the third consecutive day the figure has been above 10,000
TEXAS DEATHS: The state also saw a new high of 129 deaths per day, breaking the record for the second day after Wednesday’s previous peak of 110
California saw 8,544 new cases on Thursday to bring the total to 356,178, while another 118 fatalities raised the death toll in America’s most populous state to 7,345.
Los Angeles County is responsible for more than 140,000 cases in California, with 2,711 registered there yesterday, while LA has also had 3,932 deaths.
The state saw its deadliest day on July 8, when 149 new fatalities were registered, while the infection record was set at 11,694 the previous day.
In New York, which fell victim to the first wave of cases in the spring, experts warn that a second peak is likely due to rampant infections elsewhere.
New York City reported just 82 new cases and four deaths on Tuesday, with fewer than 50 people hospitalized daily.
However, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would build its own reserve of fans, protective equipment and coronavirus testing kits to prepare for a second wave.
“We have learned a hard lesson to create and to protect ourselves,” said the Blasio, a Democrat.
New York State Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged New Yorkers not to give up wearing masks and social distance.
Cuomo has offered advice, fans, masks, coats, and medicines to the states dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations.
Some health workers are going to other states to help fight the virus, while the influx that gave much needed relief to New York hospitals several months ago is mutual.
FLORIDA CASES: Florida announced 13,965 new cases of coronavirus in its latest update yesterday, with the outbreak growing faster there than in any other state
CASES IN CALIFORNIA: California saw 8,544 new cases yesterday to bring the total to 356,178, while another 118 fatalities brought the death toll in America’s most populous state to 7,345.
CDC figures show that more than 100,000 health workers are infected with the virus and at least 538 have died.
The death toll in healthcare could be higher because only numbers are available for 67,000 infected people.
The total death toll in America could reach 151,000 on August 1 and 157,000 on August 8, according to an average of models from 23 research groups in the United States and elsewhere.
The figures were published on behalf of the CDC by the Reichlab of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday.
A week ago, this average predicted 147,000 deaths on August 1, indicating that the picture is deteriorating.
In California, Florida and Texas, a further thousand are expected to drop over the next four weeks compared to the previous four, said Professor Nicholas Reich.
The University of Washington’s IHME model continues and predicted a staggering 224,000 deaths by November 1.
Another independent model builder Youyang Gu in New York predicts 227,000 deaths on November 1, days before the presidential election.
The latest spike brings the US one step closer to the alarming benchmark of 100,000 cases per day that Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) has warned that the US could reach if the crisis is not brought under control
President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that the number of infections is only so high because of widespread testing, but Fauci said, “I don’t think you can say we’re doing it right.”
The CDC says a total of more than 46.5 million tests have been conducted, including people who have been tested more than once.
The agency urged people this week to continue to wear masks to stop the spread of the disease, citing studies showing that they are a “critical tool” in the pandemic.
“We are not defenseless against Covid -19,” CDC director Robert Redfield said in an announcement on Tuesday.
“Cloth face covers are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus, especially when used universally within a community environment.
“All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families and their communities.”
According to the IHME group, more Americans wear masks and fewer people leave their homes.
The model has access to GPS data through commercial partners.
“If 95 percent of Americans wore masks when they left their home, that number (deaths) would drop by more than 40,000,” the research center said.