US reports biggest jump in new cases since early May
Nearly 27,000 people in the US tested positive for coronavirus over the past day, the largest one-day increase since early May and propelled by a record number of new cases in California, Florida, Arizona and South Carolina.
The increase of 26,956 new cases since Wednesday, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project on Thursday, was the biggest since May 8 and up more than 3,000 from yesterday’s rate.
California (4,084), Texas (3,516), Florida (3,207), Arizona (2,519) and North Carolina (1,333) reported the most new cases.
The one-day increases in California, Florida, Arizona and South Carolina (992) were all records.
Residents of California, which has the highest number of confirmed cases in the US after New York and New Jersey, were ordered on Thursday by the governor to wear face coverings in public and “high-risk” situations in an effort to limit the virus’s spread.
Oklahoma, where Donald Trump on Saturday will hold his first rally in months, had a record 450 new cases of coronavirus since Wednesday, according to the state’s health department, taking the total number of positive cases there since the pandemic began to 9,354. Local media reported Thursday’s update had been delayed due to technical difficulties.
Governor Kevin Stitt told Mr Trump at a White House event on Thursday that “Oklahoma’s ready for your visit” and added that hospitalisations remain low. There were 16 hospitalisations across the state since Wednesday, according to Covid Tracking Data. That is up by one-third from a fortnight ago, but rates have generally been in the single-digits and teens of late.
A further 695 people in the US died from coronavirus over the past day, according to Covid Tracking Project, taking the national total since the pandemic began to 112,172.