The U.S. surpassed 3 million confirmed Covid-19 cases less than a month after crossing the 2 million mark, as the virus spread rapidly in the nation’s three most populous states. The US recorded 60,021 new cases on Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.
That count represents the first time the country has breached 60,000 infections in a single day. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas have accounted for nearly half of all new cases in the U.S. in recent days.
Daily case counts first began to creep up again in mid-June. New infections passed the previous record high on June 25, when more than 39,000 cases were reported. The next day, the country exceeded 45,000 cases, breaking the prior record. Then it happened again, and again.
Florida on Tuesday reported more than 7,300 new cases, and its highest-ever percentage of positive coronavirus tests.
“We are seeing a significant increase in the amount of COVID cases,” said Dr. Sergio Segarra, the chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital in Miami.
“Our mortality rate is right now at a level that people don’t talk about, but it’s down ten-fold,” said President Trump.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations are also up, on average, by at least 5% in 24 states, according to CNBC’s analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization launched by journalists at The Atlantic.