US marks over 63,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins
Harris County Public Health contact tracers are seen at work as they try to help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 22, 2020.
Washington, United States - Another 1,059 deaths were reported, bringing the country's total fatalities to 142,942.
The United States on Wednesday recorded 63,967 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally.
That brought the total number of cases in the world's hardest-hit country to 3,955,860, the Baltimore-based university said at 8:30 pm (4.30am UAE, Thursday).
Another 1,059 deaths were reported, bringing the country's total fatalities to 142,942.
The US, after experiencing some improvement, has for several weeks seen its number of cases rise, particularly in the south and west of the country.
With almost 415,00 confirmed cases, California became the US state with the most coronavirus infections, overtaking New York.
The western state, however, has more than twice the population of New York.
More than 7,800 people have died in California since the start of the pandemic, including 115 on Tuesday.
State health officials said of the 413,576 people infected, 7,870 have died since the onset of the outbreak, with the virus killing 115 people on Tuesday alone.
The total number of cases is about 4,700 higher than the overall number of infections in New York, which became an epicentre of America's coronavirus crisis in the spring.
New York's total death toll of 25,068 remains the highest in the nation. But the state has seen a huge decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths in the last two months.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the spike in infections could be explained by the reopening of key sectors of the economy.
"So it's not surprising now in some respects, as we've begun to reopen key sectors of our economy, people continue to mix and people continue to come in close contact with others that may have contracted this disease, that our numbers would start to go up," he told reporters.
He warned that the increase in infections was a reminder of "the magnitude of impact that this virus continues to have."
Newsom said the state registered 12,807 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, a record high.
Hospitalizations have also dramatically increased, with more than 7,000 people in the hospital as of Monday and more than 2,000 in intensive care.
California was initially touted as an example for its handling of the pandemic, imposing the first lockdowns in the country.
But after beginning to loosen restrictions at the end of May, the state weeks later was forced to rollback reopenings in various sectors -- including for restaurants, bars, hairdressers and movie theatres -- as the number of infections surged.