Authorities in Florida and Texas reported a second consecutive record increase in daily deaths from COVID-19, while the total number of deaths from coronavirus in the United States exceeded 150 thousand people, according to estimates by Reuters.
In the last 24 hours, 217 people died from COVID-19 in Florida, and at least 302 in Texas, even though some counties did not file information about today’s deaths. Only two other States, New York and New Jersey have ever reported more than 300 coronavirus deaths per day.
Florida also reported 9,446 new cases, bringing the total number of infections in this state to more than 451,000, which is the second-highest rate in the country after California. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Florida rose to 6,457, the eighth-highest figure in the country, according to Reuters.
Texas reported at least 6,436 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 419,000 and the total number of deaths to 6,800.
In North Carolina on Wednesday, there was also a record increase in the number of deaths – 42 people according to Reuters. The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 also reached a record high.
The total number of deaths in the US exceeded 150,000 on Wednesday, the highest level in the world. The death toll is rising at the fastest rate since early June.
At the national level, deaths from COVID-19 have increased for three weeks in a row, while the number of new infections on a weekly basis recently declined for the first time since June.