The US reported yet another record-breaking single-day number of new coronavirus cases on Friday. And while counts by Johns Hopkins and others put the total at roughly 64k cases, a tally by worldometer put the number of new cases at 71,787, the first time the US has reported more than 70k cases in a day.
Those numbers brought the case total in the US to 3,294,539, while the US also reported another 854 new deaths, bringing the total to 136,735k.
That number marked a fourth day of new deaths trending closer to 1k, a psychologically important level.
Friday’s numbers brought the mortality rate in the US to 4.8%, while the number of total cases in the country, home to the world’s largest outbreak, still represented roughly a quarter of the global total. Globally, there were 12,689,741 confirmed cases as of Saturday morning on the East Coast of the US.
Meanwhile, in Florida, hospitals confirmed that a total of 7,063 patients were hospitalized with the virus in Florida, according to data released Saturday by a state agency. Miami-Dade County is the state leader with 1,601 patients hospitalized, the most in any single county in the country.
While the Sun Belt outbreaks continue to spiral out of control, we noticed an interesting report out of NYC on Saturday. The NYT recently reported that more than 68% of people tested positive for antibodies at a clinic in Corona, a working-class Queens neighborhood, while 56% tested positive at another clinic in Jackson Heights, Queens.
That compares with just 13% of people tested in ritzy Cobble Hill, a ritzy Brooklyn neighborhood.
India has registered more than 800,000 Covid-19 cases so far, the country’s health ministry announced Saturday.
It reported a record 27,114 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 820,916.
This is the third consecutive day that the country has recorded its highest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases.
As Covid-19 cases continue to soar, Indian cities and states are reimposing strict measures to curb the spread.
On Friday, India’s most populous Uttar Pradesh state issued several restrictions in the state for the weekend in a bid to contain the surge, with only essential services operating. At least 515,000 people have recovered from the virus to date, the ministry said.
The South Asian nation has so far tested over 11.3 million samples for coronavirus, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Japan recorded 430 new cases, first time the country has registered more than 400 in a day since April 24, when the countywide emergency order was still in effect. Tokyo contirbted 243 of those, its highest daily jump in new cases yet.
Finally, in Australia, the state of Victoria, home to Melbourne, recorded 216 new coronavirus cases, Premier Daniel Andrews announced Saturday. Of these 186 remain under investigation, while the other 30 have been linked to known outbreaks. The number was down from the 288 cases reported Thursday, the most in a single day in any Australian state. So far, a total of 21,841 cases have been confirmed, along with 995 deaths.