New York: New COVID-19 cases in the United States have again exceeded the 70,000 mark for a single day, research showed Thursday.
Updated figures from researchers at Johns Hopkins University showed nearly 71,000 new cases nationwide for Wednesday. It’s the highest total since 73,700 last Friday. The daily U.S. total had been under 60,000 for multiple days before Wednesday.
The new cases added new deaths nationally, which surpassed the 150,000 mark on Wednesday. Thursday’s toll showed 150,700 dead from the disease since the pandemic began.
More than 1,400 people died from COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest single-day death toll since May 15, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx said Thursday that state and local officials should mandate face coverings. Citing increases in the Midwest and “continuing problems” on the West Coast, she called on leaders to make it mandatory.