WASHINGTON: The US notched 57,683 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Friday, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed, the third consecutive day with record numbers of new infections.
The Baltimore-based university s tracker showed the total number of cases since the pandemic reached the US at 2,793,022 as of 8:30 pm (0030 Saturday GMT).
The university also recorded a further 728 fatalities, bringing the total US death toll to 129,405.
The new record case count came as infections surge in southern and western states, and as the United States — the hardest-hit country in the world in the coronavirus pandemic — heads into the July Fourth holiday weekend.
On the other hand, the novel coronavirus has killed at least 522,246 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Friday.
At least 10,922,300 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 5,619,700 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 128,740 deaths from 2,739,879 cases. At least 781,970 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 61,884 deaths from 1,496,858 cases, the United Kingdom with 44,131 deaths from 284,276 cases, Italy with 34,833 deaths from 241,184 cases, and France with 29,893 deaths from 203,367 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 84 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by United Kingdom with 65, Spain 61, Italy 58, and Sweden 54.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,542 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 78,499 recoveries.
Europe overall has 198,615 deaths from 2,695,472 cases, the United States and Canada 137,450 deaths from 2,844,905 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 121,888 deaths from 2,740,996 cases, Asia 36,384 deaths from 1,397.730 cases, Middle East 17,129 deaths from 798,008 cases, Africa 10,647 deaths from 435,608 cases, and Oceania 133 deaths from 9,585 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day s tallies.