US adds 40,000 new virus cases in 24 hours: tracker

09:29 | 06/07/2020
The United States recorded 39,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday, as infections continue to trend up around the country.
us adds 40000 new virus cases in 24 hours tracker
A waiter wearing protective gear serves food to customers on the patio at Pann's, an iconic Los Angeles, California, restaurant and coffee shop on July 4, 2020, the US Independence Day holiday. Restaurants in Los Angeles County are currently only allowed to serve food at outdoor seating due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

The country's total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143 .

The world's largest economy also recorded a further 234 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 129,891, the Baltimore-based institution's tracker showed at 8:30pm (0030 GMT Monday).

Sunday's tally comes after a string of surging daily new infections, including a high of 57,683 on Friday.

The lower number could be attributed to less reporting on the July 4th national holiday weekend.

The United States is the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, both in caseload and deaths, and has struggled to respond to the devastation wrought by the virus.

Some mayors say their cities reopened too early and worry that their health care systems will soon become overwhelmed.

AFP

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