The United States topped 2.5 million cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed, as the world’s worst-affected country grappled with a surge of infections in several states.
There were 2,500,419 confirmed cases in the U.S., according to the Baltimore-based university at 5:30 pm (2130 GMT).
The country also registered 43,121 new infections in 24 hours, concluding a week with the most recently reported cases since the start of the pandemic.
With an additional 502 deaths recorded Saturday, the United States has seen 125,480 COVID-19-related deaths, or about a quarter of the world’s total of more than 495,000.
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Nevada on Saturday reported new records in daily cases.
Florida recorded 9,585 cases in 24 hours as infections increased, after the state’s rapid reopening saw young adults flocking to beaches, boardwalks, and bars.
More than half of US states, particularly in the south and west, are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases, a dramatic setback for efforts to reopen and save battered economies.
Texas and Florida, which have Republican governors who resisted prolonged blockades, have announced new restrictions on the bars.
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