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New coronavirus infections soar to record highs in U.S. and globally

2020-07-25

New coronavirus infections have hit all-time highs in both the U.S. and the world.

On Friday, the World Health Organization reported a record increase of new cases globally: with 237,743 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, nearly 14 million people have now been confirmed to have been infected by the new coronavirus.

More than 593,000 have died from it since the first COVID-19 cases were reported in December 2019.

The biggest increases, according to a daily report, came from the U.S., Brazil, India and South Africa.

Brazil surpassed 2 million cases on Thursday, becoming the second country to achieve the grim milestone. On Friday, India became the third country to climb past 1 million infections.

The U.S. broke its previous record of daily new infections, as it registered more than 70,000 cases for the first time, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University: 77,255 cases in 24 hours.

Thursday was also a record-breaking day for Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Texas, which registered new daily highs. Record numbers of coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Texas, Florida and South Carolina.

According to an unpublished White House document obtained Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity, 18 states are in the “red zone” of coronavirus infections — which means that last week they reported more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population — and 11 states are in the “red zone” for positivity, which means that more than 10% of test results turned out to be positive.