The United States reached a daily record for coronavirus when more than 90,000 cases were reported on Thursday, according to the latest NBC News tally. More than 30 states reported more than 1,000 cases.
It was the first time the U.S. has crossed 90,000 cases in one day, almost 10,000 more than the previous high of 80,662 cases, which was set just a day before on Wednesday.
The record, of 90,456, also came after the U.S. logged 9 million Covid-19 cases, only hours after reporting a single-day record crossing 80,000 cases for the first time.
The U.S. recorded 982 deaths on Thursday, leading the world death toll with nearly 230,000 deaths, according to the John Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard.
Reports of Covid-19 infections are increasing across the United States at the fastest rate since the start of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization advised governments to maintain positivity rates at 5 percent or lower for 14 days before reopening, but according to the John Hopkins Covid-19 tracking project, 35 states and territories were above that positivity rate as of Friday morning.
Of those, Wyoming reported a 650 percent spike in Covid-19 deaths in the last 14 days, the NBC numbers showed. Ten deaths were reported Thursday in Wyoming, boosting the state’s total number of coronavirus fatalities to 87, the data showed. Three of the victims were residents of a long-term care facility in Goshen County, the Wyoming Department of Health reported.
After three consecutive days of coronavirus declines, North Dakota soared to a new high on Thursday with three records, including the number of active cases, hospitalizations and newly confirmed cases, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
The state reported 184 Covid-19 hospitalizations, an uptick of 1,222 new cases and a record 6,771 active cases on Thursday, shortly after previous highs within the last week, the newspaper reported.
The grim numbers stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump Jr. falsely claiming on Thursday that Covid-19 death numbers have dwindled to “almost nothing.”
Europe has also seen a surge in coronavirus cases, which forced France and Germany back into lockdown on Wednesday. The directives put British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a Covid-19 survivor, under increasing pressure to impose a lockdown in the U.K., which has reported nearly 100,000 new infections a day.