United States reports 57,236 coronavirus in 24-hours

United States recorded 57,236 coronavirus cases on Thursday, breaking the record for the most number of cases in a 24-hour period as per worldometer data.

Brazil is the only other country to top 50,000 cases in one day.

The infection is on the rise in 37 of the 50 US states with Florida leading the way with 10,109 cases on Thursday.

Second to Florida was California who added 9,352 cases in a day. In the last two weeks positive tests rose by 37 percent with hospitalisation up 56 percent.

Texas with a 29 million population made it mandatory to wear face masks in counties with over 20 coronavirus cases. Texas reported 7,535 cases yesterday.

In all of United States over 2.8 million cases were reported including 131,485 deaths, of which 687 deaths were reported on Thursday. Globally COVID-19 has claimed over 10.99 million cases with over 524,000 deaths.

The unprecedented spike in cases has forced many governors to hold back their plans to reopen their states for the Independence day weekend. Many beaches were closed and fireworks displays cancelled.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, said: “We are not out of this crisis. We are still in the first wave of this crisis. It requires some level of personal responsibility.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking at the U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday said that the daily increase in new cases could reach 100,000 unless a nationwide push was made to lower the spread of the virus.

The positivity rate has also increased nationally. A week ago, 5 off 100 cases returned positive but now 7 off 100 return positive. The highest positivity rate was noted in Arizona with 24 percent.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Labor Department report on Thursday showed record hiring in June after partial reopening. But at least 15 million people are still out of work now.