Peter Wells in New York
California reported fewer than 10 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, marking the first time since March the most populous US state has had single-digit fatalities for two days running.
A further nine deaths were attributed to coronavirus, authorities revealed this afternoon, up from eight on Monday, which was the smallest one-day increase since early July. That compared with the 28 fatalities reported on Tuesday last week.
Texas became the second US state to confirm 800,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, after reporting its biggest one-day jump in new infections so far this month.
The state also passed another disappointing milestone, revealing that the number of people currently in Texas hospitals with coronavirus topped 4,000 for the first time since the start of September.
A further 5,210 people tested positive over the past 24 hours, up from 2,384 cases yesterday and compared with the 3,872 new infections reported on Tuesday last week.
Wisconsin reported its biggest one-day rise in new coronavirus cases and deaths on Tuesday, reinforcing the state’s position as one of the new Covid-19 hot spots in the US.
A further 3,279 positive tests were reported over the past 24 hours, authorities revealed this afternoon, up from 1,956 on Monday and compared with 2,020 on Tuesday last week.
That is a record increase in cases, surpassing the previous peak of 3,132 set on Thursday, according to data from the state health department.
Florida reported new coronavirus cases and deaths on Tuesday that hovered around their averages over the past week.
A further 2,725 people tested positive over the past 24 hours, authorities revealed this morning, up from 1,533 on Monday and compared with 2,251 on Tuesday last week.