Coronavirus latest: US death rate surges as case tally jumps back above 50,000

Daily increase in US coronavirus infections jumps back above 50,000

Peter Wells in New York

The rise in US coronavirus cases jumped back above 50,000 on Tuesday and the number of new deaths rose to levels last seen in early June.

A further 51,888 people in the US tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours. according to Covid Tracking Project, from 47,375 on Monday. This is the fifth day in seven that new cases have increased by more than 50,000 a day since first crossing the milestone on July 1.

A further 919 people died from coronavirus, the biggest one-day jump since June 3 — excluding a one-time revision for earlier fatalities in New Jersey on June 25 that resulted in it reporting 1,877 deaths that day.

Figures on Tuesday tend to tick up owing to weekend reporting delays.

Texas reported a record one-day increase of 10,028 new coronavirus cases, becoming the fourth state to experience a one-day rise of more than 10,000.

Florida (7,347), California (6,090), Arizona (3,653), Georgia (3,406), Louisiana (1,936), North Carolina (1,346) and Tennessee (1,359) had the largest increases in cases, but remained down from record highs. Washington (1,087) reported more than 1,000 cases for the first time.

Arizona (a record 117) and California (111) reported the most fatalities from coronavirus over the past day. Texas (60) and Mississippi (44) both had record daily increases in deaths.