US adds 40,000 new cases as infections trend across country

Lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site yesterday outside Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. (AP pic)

WASHINGTON: The US recorded 39,379 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday, 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.

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 4 national holiday weekend.

The US 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 healthcare systems will soon become overwhelmed.

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