The United States has counted 61,262 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours leading up to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (00:30 GMT Sunday), according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
It was the fifth day in a row with more than 60,000 infections recorded, according to the Baltimore-based university. There were also 1,051 deaths during the 24 hour period.
The United States has now recorded more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths, making it the hardest-hit country in the world.
The new figures came as Florida braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to revert to a hurricane as the virus-ravaged southeastern part of the state approaches.
Of the U.S. states, only California, with nearly double Florida’s population of around 21 million people, has recorded more cases of the coronavirus.
Florida reported 179 more deaths on Saturday, setting a new state record and bringing its virus death toll to 6,843.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said it was better to “just stop rather than send people out on the road” – with shelters generally crowded and difficult social distances – unless the situation arises. becomes more threatening.
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