New York – The U.S. has topped 4,000 daily deaths from the coronavirus for the first time, breaking a record set just one day earlier.
The tally from Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. had 4,085 deaths Thursday. The U.S. had nearly 275,000 new coronavirus cases as well.
The numbers are another reminder of the worsening situation following travel for holidays and family gatherings, along with more time indoors during the winter months. There’s been a surge in cases and deaths in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
More than 365,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
New data from the CDC shows Florida has nearly half the known cases in the U.S. of a mutated and likely more contagious strain of the coronavirus.
The news comes as Florida broke its single-day record of new cases again, reporting nearly 20,000 in a single day.
A CDC map shows that Florida had 22 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in Britain. California has reported 26 cases, Colorado has two, and New York and Georgia have each reported one case.
The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 19,816 cases – surpassing the previous record set the day before of 17,783. On Friday, 7,329 people in Florida were hospitalized with the virus.
The state has registered 1.4 million cases, with a confirmed death toll of 22,400.
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