US new coronavirus deaths top 1,000 for first time since May
Peter Wells in New York
The US reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus deaths for the first time since May, while the number of new cases ticked back above 60,000.
A further 1,029 people died from the disease over the past 24 hours, according to data from Covid Tracking Project, up from 362 on Monday.
That is the biggest increase in deaths since May 29 when excluding a one-time revision of nearly 1,900 to New Jersey’s death toll on June 25, according to Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data. Florida (136), Arizona (134) and Texas (131) reported the biggest single-day jumps in fatalities.
Florida reported its second-biggest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, but the number of new cases eased below 10,000 for the first time in a week.
Florida teachers are resisting returning to school, fearing a spread of the virus, and some held protests on Tuesday, such as the one in the main picture above in the town of Land O’ Lakes.
Meanwhile California has become the second US state — after New York — to have confirmed 400,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began after passing the milestone for the first time.
Nevada (28) and Arkansas (17) had record increases. A further 62,749 people in the US tested positive for coronavirus over the past day, according to Covid Tracking Project, up from nearly 57,000 yesterday. Florida (9,440), Texas (9,305) and California (9,231) had the biggest increases. California’s increase was enough to push to state’s total above 400,000.
The state is set to surpass New York as the US state with the most confirmed coronavirus cases as soon as Wednesday. Wisconsin (1,161) and Missouri (1,138) were the only states to have reported record increases in cases, according to Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.