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US reported more than 40 000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time

Over 124,410 people in the US have now died from the coronavirus, per a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University

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/NOVOSTIVL/ At least 40,173 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, a new record, CNN reported, citing data from Johns Hopkins University, which was higher than Thursday's daily total, which exceeded 39 000.

According to The Washington Post's data, that number was higher, with more than 44 000 single-day cases reported. The 44 702 new cases reported nationally on Friday broke the previous day's record of 39 327.

Eleven states, from Florida to California, broke records for the average number of cases reported daily over the last week, according to The Post.

Over 124 410 people in the US have now died from the coronavirus, per a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The number of dead could be as high as 150 000 by July 18, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is a continuation of the first wave," Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told Business Insider. "Some places that might have been relatively spared early on in the winter and the spring are now facing cases higher than they had before."

White House guidance suggested that states should see either a two-week decline in cases or a two-week decline in their share of positive coronavirus tests before reopening.

But 18 of the 30 states that started reopening as of May 7 were still seeing daily new cases rise, according to data from the New York Times. Nine of the 30 states hadn't seen the recommended decline in their share of positive tests. Six reopened without meeting either criteria: Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

"It's important to remember that we never had complete control of this virus," Adalja said. "We got to a point where hospital capacity was in a better place and diagnostic testing was better, but we're still having at least 20,000 cases per day."

The steep uptick in the virus's spread has now brought that metric past 30 000, and it shows no signs of stopping.

Vice President Mike Pence, however, stressed the positive on Friday, saying he remains "hopeful as fatalities decline across the country." In mid-April, over 2 000 people a day were dying due to COVID-19; today, the number is well under 1,000.

But while nowhere near their previous high, death rates are a lagging indicator, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom noted on Friday. Over the past two weeks, hospitalizations have increased 32% in the state, he noted, with coronavirus patients taking up over a third of all available intensive-care unit beds.

"We are not out of the first wave," Newsom stressed, as reported by CNN. "This disease does not take a summer vacation."