Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) leave with a patient at Hialeah Hospital where the coronavirus disease patients are treated, in Hialeah, Florida. Picture: Marco Bello/Reuters
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) leave with a patient at Hialeah Hospital where the coronavirus disease patients are treated, in Hialeah, Florida. Picture: Marco Bello/Reuters

US reports record increase in Covid-19 deaths

By Reuters Time of article published Jul 30, 2020

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Lisa Shumaker

Florida - Florida reported a record increase in new Covid-19 deaths for a third day in a row on Thursday, with 252 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Florida also reported 9 956 new cases, bringing its total infections to over 461 000, the second highest in the country behind California. Florida's total death toll rose to 6 709, the eighth highest in the nation, according to a Reuters tally.

Due to the spike in cases, the Miami-area school district, the nation's fourth-largest district, said students would not return to classrooms when the new academic year begins in a few weeks.

Florida was among six states on Wednesday that reported single-day records for coronavirus deaths.

California, Idaho, North Carolina, Texas and South Dakota also had their biggest one-day spikes in coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic started. California, Florida and Texas are the three most populous state and where about a quarter of all US residents live.

One person in the United States died about every minute from Covid-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world. Deaths are rising at the fastest rate since early June.

Nationally, Covid-19 deaths have risen for three weeks in a row while the number of new cases week-over-week recently fell for the first time since June.

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