The United States broke the world’s and its own daily record for coronavirus infections on Thursday by reporting 77,217 new cases in 24 hours. The death toll also rose by nearly 1,000.
The states of Florida, South Carolina and Texas reported their biggest one-day spikes on Thursday.
Texas reported over 15,000 new cases, Florida reported nearly 14,000 new cases and California almost 10,000.
More than 138,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes and hospitalisation rising at alarming levels.
The hardest hit states at the moment are Texas and Arizona. Morgues are filling up forcing hospitals to hire coolers and refrigeration trailers.
U.S. 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.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, has warned that 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.