U.S. adds 40,000 new virus cases in 24 hours

Agence France-Presse
The United States' total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143

AT MYRTLE BEACH. People walk on the boardwalk on July 4, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The United States recorded 39,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday, July 5, as infections continue to trend up around the country.

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. – Rappler.com