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US breaks COVID-19 case record for second day in a row with more than 53,000 new virus infections

The US has broken a one-day record for new coronavirus cases with more than 53,000 infections in 24 hours on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The staggering increase set a new daily case record for the second day in a row after the nation observed over 52,000 new cases on Wednesday.

According to the tracker, there were 53,069 new cases and 649 deaths over the 24 hours to Thursday evening.

As of Thursday evening the US’ total number of COVID-19 infections stood at 2,739,092 and the number of deaths at 128,742.  

The US has seen a record 53,000 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Thursday, smashing a record from the day prior, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

The US has seen a record 53,000 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Thursday, smashing a record from the day prior, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

The US has seen a record 53,000 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Thursday, smashing a record from the day prior, according to data from Johns Hopkins University 

This chart shows how the number of daily coronavirus cases as skyrocketed in June

This chart shows how the number of daily coronavirus cases as skyrocketed in June

This chart shows how the number of daily coronavirus cases as skyrocketed in June 

President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday blaming the surge in coronavirus cases on expansive testing efforts

President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday blaming the surge in coronavirus cases on expansive testing efforts

President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday blaming the surge in coronavirus cases on expansive testing efforts

Florida: On Thursday eight states reported record highs in single-day cases, including Florida. But that didn't stop hordes of people from hitting the sand in Miami Beach (above)

Florida: On Thursday eight states reported record highs in single-day cases, including Florida. But that didn't stop hordes of people from hitting the sand in Miami Beach (above)

Florida: On Thursday eight states reported record highs in single-day cases, including Florida. But that didn’t stop hordes of people from hitting the sand in Miami Beach (above)

South Dakota: Crowds also gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota ahead of Trump's July 3 visit

South Dakota: Crowds also gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota ahead of Trump's July 3 visit

South Dakota: Crowds also gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota ahead of Trump’s July 3 visit

Texas: Medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Thursday in Houstin, Texas amid a spike in cases

Texas: Medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Thursday in Houstin, Texas amid a spike in cases

Texas: Medical staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Thursday in Houstin, Texas amid a spike in cases

It comes as eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Despite the spike in numbers, some states are still seeing packed beaches and outfoor festivities as the nation heads into the holiday Fourth of July weekend.

In Miami hordes of people were seen packed on beaches and enjoying the sun, despite looming concerns over the virus. 

In South Dakota, crowds of people waving pro-Trump flags were seen at Mt. Rushmore National Monument, a day ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to the site to celebrate Independence Day.  

Eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee

Eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee

Eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee 

A woman sits with her child in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday, as the state recorded more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases

A woman sits with her child in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday, as the state recorded more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases

A woman sits with her child in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday, as the state recorded more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases

A couple pictured at Miami Beach where swimmers are seen drinking on Thursday despite a rise in coronavirus cases in the state

A couple pictured at Miami Beach where swimmers are seen drinking on Thursday despite a rise in coronavirus cases in the state

A couple pictured at Miami Beach where swimmers are seen drinking on Thursday despite a rise in coronavirus cases in the state

Life's a beach! People pictured enjoying the Miami heat and clear waters on Thursday

Life's a beach! People pictured enjoying the Miami heat and clear waters on Thursday

Life’s a beach! People pictured enjoying the Miami heat and clear waters on Thursday 

Florida now has over 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average

Florida now has over 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average

Florida now has over 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average

Groups were seen enjoying the sand and sun on Thursday at Miami Beach

Groups were seen enjoying the sand and sun on Thursday at Miami Beach

Groups were seen enjoying the sand and sun on Thursday at Miami Beach 

Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed the surge in the Florida's coronavirus cases on 'social interactions' among young people at parties, beaches, bars, and swimming pools and a 'robust' testing program

Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed the surge in the Florida's coronavirus cases on 'social interactions' among young people at parties, beaches, bars, and swimming pools and a 'robust' testing program

Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed the surge in the Florida’s coronavirus cases on ‘social interactions’ among young people at parties, beaches, bars, and swimming pools and a ‘robust’ testing program

This beach goer wore a mask as she walked away from Miami Beach on Thursday, where hordes of people were seen lounging in the sand

This beach goer wore a mask as she walked away from Miami Beach on Thursday, where hordes of people were seen lounging in the sand

This beach goer wore a mask as she walked away from Miami Beach on Thursday, where hordes of people were seen lounging in the sand

A view of the bustling Miami Beach strip pictured above. On Thursday 10,109 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida, smashing its previous record

A view of the bustling Miami Beach strip pictured above. On Thursday 10,109 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida, smashing its previous record

A view of the bustling Miami Beach strip pictured above. On Thursday 10,109 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida, smashing its previous record

The celebration on Friday will include a fireworks display at the iconic monument, which features the stone carvings of US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

On Thursday Texas Gov. Greg Abbott buckled down and issued a mandate for people in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases to wear face masks in public and banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

The announcement came a day after the Lone Star state reported 8,000 new COVID-19 cases. As of Thursday Texas reported 175,977 coronavirus cases and 2,525 deaths.

Preparing: Workers pictured setting up a stage and crowd space at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in anticipation of President Donald Trump's visit to the site on Friday

Preparing: Workers pictured setting up a stage and crowd space at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in anticipation of President Donald Trump's visit to the site on Friday

Preparing: Workers pictured setting up a stage and crowd space at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s visit to the site on Friday

Workers pictured preparing for Trump's visit to the site on Thursday

Workers pictured preparing for Trump's visit to the site on Thursday

Workers pictured preparing for Trump’s visit to the site on Thursday

Friday's Independence Day celebration will include a fireworks display

Friday's Independence Day celebration will include a fireworks display

Friday’s Independence Day celebration will include a fireworks display

Trump fans were seen posing for pictures at the bustling monument on Thursday

Trump fans were seen posing for pictures at the bustling monument on Thursday

Trump fans were seen posing for pictures at the bustling monument on Thursday

Florida is another state of worry as it now has over 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average.

But Gov. Ron DeSantis has cast blame on ‘social interactions’ among young people at parties, beaches, bars, and swimming pools, and also said the numbers are up due to a more ‘robust’ testing program.

Arizona is another worsening hotspot for the virus reporting 3,333 new COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Thursday.  Overall the state has recorded over 87,000 cases of the virus and over 1,700 deaths.

A doctor pictured communicating through an air tight curtain in the intensive care unit hrough an air tight curtain in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Thursday

A doctor pictured communicating through an air tight curtain in the intensive care unit hrough an air tight curtain in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Thursday

A doctor pictured communicating through an air tight curtain in the intensive care unit hrough an air tight curtain in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Thursday

As of Thursday Texas reported 175,977 coronavirus cases and 2,525 deaths

As of Thursday Texas reported 175,977 coronavirus cases and 2,525 deaths

As of Thursday Texas reported 175,977 coronavirus cases and 2,525 deaths

A COVID-19 patient pictured being transferred to another room at the coronavirus ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A COVID-19 patient pictured being transferred to another room at the coronavirus ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A COVID-19 patient pictured being transferred to another room at the coronavirus ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A COVID-19 patient pictured speaking with a doctor at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston on Thursday

A COVID-19 patient pictured speaking with a doctor at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston on Thursday

A COVID-19 patient pictured speaking with a doctor at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston on Thursday

On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence visited the state and promised to deploy hundreds of medical personnel to the state to aid in the crisis that has seen 86 percent of inpatient bends and 89 percent of ICU beds filled. Those patients include COVID-19 patients and those fighting other ailments.   

Nationally, cases have passed 2,715,000 with more than 128,000 deaths as the US scrambles to control the spread of the virus.

Source: Daily Mail

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