Washington: The United States has set a new single-day record for fresh COVID-19 cases as surges in several states continue to strain healthcare providers.
There were 67,417 new U.S. cases reported on Tuesday, according to an update Wednesday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. For the past week, the national daily average has been about 62,000 new cases.
Since the pandemic began, 3.43 million cases and 136,500 deaths have been reported in the United States.
Experts say nearly half of the new cases were recorded in three states — Florida, Texas and California.
Florida officials said Wednesday they recorded about 10,200 new cases on Tuesday, pushing the state’s total past 300,000.
Health officials in Florida have called it the U.S. epicenter of the disease. The state reported a daily record in cases Sunday (15,300) and its highest one-day death toll on Tuesday (132).