Record number of new daily cases of Covid-19 reported in the United States
There have been over 17,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Texas alone in the last three days.
The United States reported its highest number of new cases of Covid-19 in a single day on Thursday.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there were just over 37,000 (37,077) new cases of Covid-19 reported in the country on Thursday (25 June), nearly 1,000 more than the highest single-day figure of 36,291 reported on 24 April.
In Texas, just under 6,000 (5,996) cases were reported on Thursday, bringing to over 17,000 the number of cases of Covid-19 reported in the country’s second largest state in the last three days.
The surge of the virus in Texas this week has been replicated in Florida and California, which, along with Texas, represent the three most populous states in the US. The number of cases reported on Thursday exceeded 5,000 in both states, while on Wednesday, 7,149 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in California alone.
According to John Hopkins University data, there have been more cases (2,422,312) and deaths (124,415) related to Covid-19 in the United States than on any other country in the world.
After the US, Brazil has the highest number of cases (1,228,114) and the highest number of deaths (54,971), followed by the United Kingdom (43,314).
The surge in the number of cases has prompted a slowdown in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in some states in the US, including in Texas, where Governor George Abbott has implemented a “temporary pause” on the state’s recovery plan.
“As we experience an increase in both positive Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Governor Abbott said in a statement.
“The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business.
“I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”