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How US breaks Coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases a day

*Cases continue at record pace in 18 states marked ‘the red zone’

*Records 969 deaths in Florida, South Carolina, Texas as the biggest increase since June 10

*Hardest-hit areas in Texas, Arizona running out of places to store dead bodies as morgues fill up

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As reports indicate that the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to strike in over 18 states in the United States (US), the country shattered its daily record for virus infections Thursday, July 16, reveals a report.

The US reported more than 77,000 new cases as the number of deaths in a 24-hour period rose by nearly 1,000, according to Reuters tally.

Report further indicates that the loss of 969 lives was the biggest increase since June 10, with Florida, South Carolina and Texas all reporting their biggest one-day spikes Thursday.

More than 138,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes in case numbers and an alarming rise in hospitalisations in many states.

It was learnt that the hardest-hit areas in Texas and Arizona are running out of places to store bodies as their morgues fill up and are bringing in coolers and refrigerated trailers.

The US deaths peaked in April, when the country lost on average 2,000 people a day. Fatalities have steadily fallen, averaging 1,300 a day in May and under 800 a day in June before rising again in July, Reuters tally indicated.

Americans have become increasingly divided on issues such as the reopening of schools and businesses and wearing nose masks in public, hindering the fight against the fatal virus.

The current tally of 77,217 cases surpasses the previous record set on Friday when cases rose by 69,070. In June, cases rose by an average of 28,000 a day, according to a Reuters tally.

In July, they have risen by an average of 57,625 a day.

Texas Thursday reported over 15,000 new cases, while Florida reported nearly 14,000 new cases and California almost 10,000, according to a Reuters tally of county data.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US Government’s top infectious diseases expert, has warned that COVID-19 cases could soon top 100,000 a day if Americans do not come together to take steps necessary to halt the spread of the virus.

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