New York State remains the hardest-hit with 404,775 cases, California, Florida and Texas have become new hotspots.
WITH more than 77,000 new COVID-19 cases, the US broke the record for the number of confirmed infections registered in a single day, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Friday morning, the US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 3,570,037 and 138,291, respectively, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
In the last 24 hours, 969 new deaths were recorded, which was the highest spike since June 10. COVID-19 fatalities in the US peaked in April, when the country registered an average of 2,000 deaths in a single day While New York State remains the hardest-hit with 404,775 cases, California, Florida and Texas have become the country’s new COVID-19 hotspots with a rapid increases in daily new cases, Xinhua news agency reported citing the CSSE data. California has reported 355,046 cases, Florida 315,775 and Texas 292,336. States with over 100,000 cases also include New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, the data showed.
Experts have warned that cases could soon top 100,000 a day if the country fails to take steps to stem the spread of the virus.
After US, India has done most COVID-19 tests: White House
By Lalit K Jha
AFTER the US, which has carried out a record 42 million COVID-19 tests, India has done the second largest number of 12 million coronavirus tests, the White House has said. More than 3.5 million people have tested positive with the coronavirus and 138,000 died in the US. Globally, more than 13.6 million have tested positive and over 586,000 have died.
“With regard to (the coronavirus) testing, we’ve done more than 42 million tests. The second-highest number is 12 million from India. We’re leading the world in testing,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference here on Thursday. The White House was responding to questions related to the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
“We have done more than any country in the world on testing; there’s no doubt about that -- 42 million tests. The country with the next highest number is India at 12 million,” McEnany said. This record testing, she said, is in a very stark contrast than the previous administration. CBS is reporting that in 2009 under Obama-Biden, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly advised states to stop testing for the H1N1 flu and stopped counting individual cases, she said.
“Ron Klain, Vice President Biden’s former Chief of Staff said this: It is “purely a fortuity that (H1N1) isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right.” This is former VP Biden’s Chief of Staff. It just had to do with luck,” she said.