The United States surpassed 2.5 million cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a Johns Hopkins University tracker said, as the hardest-hit country in the world struggled with a wave of infections in several states.
There were 2,500,419 confirmed cases in the United States, according to the University of Baltimore at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. GMT).
Deaths in the United States now exceed 125,000, or about a quarter of the world total of more than 495,000.
Florida reported a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours as infections soared there on Saturday. The rapid reopening of the state has seen young adults flocking to beaches, boardwalks and bars.
It is one of more than half of the states in the United States, particularly in the south and west, that are experiencing peaks in COVID-19 cases – a dramatic setback to efforts to reopen and rescue severely battered economies.
Texas and Florida, both of which have Republican governors who have resisted prolonged blockades, have announced new bar restrictions.
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