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US has record one-day increase in coronavirus cases

Peter Wells in New York

The US had its biggest increase in new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as seven states — including California, Florida and Texas — reported record one-day increases.

A record 38,672 people tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project, up from nearly 33,000 yesterday. California (7,149), Texas (5,551) and Florida (5,511) had their biggest one day increases, but with the latter two conducting only about one-third of the nearly 96,000 tests since Tuesday in California.

Georgia (1,703), South Carolina (1,284), Missouri (725), Washington (516) and Oklahoma (482) were the other states to post record one-day increases in new cases. Arizona (1,795) and North Carolina (1,721) rounded out the group of seven states to report more than 1,000 new cases over the past day. 

A number of public officials today moved to address the rising number of cases in the west and south. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper paused the state’s plan to more quickly ease lockdown restrictions and also ordered residents to wear face coverings in an effort to limit the spread of the virus there. The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut jointly decided to impose a two-week quarantine on visitors from states with elevated infection rates.

A further 722 people in the US died from coronavirus over the past day, according to Covid Tracking Project, the biggest daily in a week.