Novel coronavirus cases continue to hit record highs in the U.S. state of Florida and Texas. These two hotspots nearly reported 20,000 infections combined in the past 24 hours.
During the first four days of July, at least 18 states posted an increase in the number of infections. Densely populated states: California, Texas and Florida led the charts.
The unprecedented spike in virus cases has forced states to impose business restrictions for the July Fourth holiday weekend.
Independence Day fireworks displays across the country have been canceled as states urged people to avoid gathering in large numbers. Face masks and social distancing have become norms now.
Ahead of the weekend beaches were closed in California and Florida.
The number of confirmed covid-19 cases in Florida rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday. Texas reported 8,258 cases on Saturday.
The rate of infection is spreading faster than ever before. The rate of positivity in Arizona touched 26 percent, 18 percent in Florida, 16 percent in Nevada, South Carolina and Alabama reported 15 percent, 14 percent in Texas and Mississippi . In all eleven US states reported double digit rates.
Despite the peaking numbers the overall death toll has declined in recent weeks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday said the world recorded 212,326 in 24 hours with biggest increase from India, Brazil and United States.
Globally the virus has infected 11.386 million people and led tot he death of 533,581.