WASHINGTON: The United States has counted over 60,000 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours for the fifth consecutive day, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
According to the tally, the United States has also reported 1,051 deaths in the 24-hour period. The country has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths, making it the hardest-hit country in the world.
The new coronavirus cases came as Florida braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane as it approached the southeastern part of the state.
Among US states, only California has registered more coronavirus cases. Earlier on Saturday, Florida reported another 179 deaths, setting a new state record and pushing its virus death toll to 6,843.
In this regard, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had said that it´s better to just hunker down rather than sending people to the road unless the situation became more threatening.
A few days back, the World Health Organisation warned that the pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”.