• The United States broke a single-day record for positive coronavirus tests on Thursday, breaking the previous record set the day before.
  • Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that the true number of cases is likely 10 times higher than the official count.
  • At least 124,402 people have died from the virus in the US, accounting for more than a quarter of deaths worldwide.
  • Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle forecast a death toll of 180,000 by October, but say that widespread usage of masks could save 33,000 lives.
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The United States broke another record on Thursday, posting its largest single-day tally of positive COVID-19 tests since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Nationwide, 39,327 new cases were announced, The Washington Post reported, up from the previous record of 38,115 the day before.

Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a separate count, reported 37,077 new cases, its highest single-day figure.

In total, the US has confirmed more than 2.4 million cases of COVID-19, the diseased caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the university. The next highest country is Brazil, with 1.2 million confirmed cases.

On Thursday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that the true number of cases is likely 10 times higher than the official count.

At least 124,402 people have died from the virus in the US, accounting for more than a quarter of deaths worldwide. Just under 570 new deaths are being reported each day, according to a 7-day average calculated by the Financial Times. That’s down from just over 2,000 deaths a day in mid-April.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle forecast a death toll of 180,000 by October, Bloomberg reported, but say that widespread usage of masks could save 33,000 lives.

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