US records another 60,000 new virus cases in 24 hours

08:58 | 13/07/2020
The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday recorded 59,747 new cases over the last 24-hour period, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
us records another 60000 new virus cases in 24 hours
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 09: Guests wear face coverings as they walk on their way to enter the Downtown Disney District on the first day it reopened following temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic on July 9, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Downtown Disney District is beginning a phased reopening while Disneyland Resort parks are awaiting state and local government approval to reopen as the spread of the coronavirus continues. (MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The number of cases in the US has rocketed in recent weeks, hitting a record of 66,528 in 24 hours on Saturday.

The country has now registered a total of 3,301,820 infections, the Baltimore-based university said in its latest data as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).

The death toll stood at 135,171 with 442 additional deaths counted.

The surge in cases has forced some state governors to retreat from earlier efforts to reopen their economies, with some now embracing the wearing of masks.

President Donald Trump's administration on Sunday again pressed for full school reopenings in the fall despite resurgent COVID-19 infections.

AFP

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