- The US has seen a record 53,000 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Thursday, smashing a record from the day prior
- As of Thursday evening the US' total number of COVID-19 infections stood at 2,739,092 and the number of deaths at 128,742
- Eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee
- On Thursday hordes of people were seen packed on beaches in Miami and crowds gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota ahead of July 4th festivities
The US has broken a one-day record for new coronavirus cases with more than 53,000 infections in 24 hours on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The staggering increase set a new daily case record for the second day in a row after the nation observed over 52,000 new cases on Wednesday.
According to the tracker, there were 53,069 new cases and 649 deaths over the 24 hours to Thursday evening.
As of Thursday evening the US' total number of COVID-19 infections stood at 2,739,092 and the number of deaths at 128,742.
It comes as eight states reported single-day case records on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Despite the spike in numbers, some states are still seeing packed beaches and outfoor festivities as the nation heads into the holiday Fourth of July weekend.
In Miami hordes of people were seen packed on beaches and enjoying the sun, despite looming concerns over the virus.
In South Dakota, crowds of people waving pro-Trump flags were seen at Mt. Rushmore National Monument, a day ahead of President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to the site to celebrate Independence Day.
The celebration on Friday will include a fireworks display at the iconic monument, which features the stone carvings of US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
On Thursday Texas Gov. Greg Abbott buckled down and issued a mandate for people in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases to wear face masks in public and banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
The announcement came a day after the Lone Star state reported 8,000 new COVID-19 cases. As of Thursday Texas reported 175,977 coronavirus cases and 2,525 deaths.
Florida is another state of worry as it now has over 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average.
But Gov. Ron DeSantis has cast blame on 'social interactions' among young people at parties, beaches, bars, and swimming pools, and also said the numbers are up due to a more 'robust' testing program.
Arizona is another worsening hotspot for the virus reporting 3,333 new COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Thursday. Overall the state has recorded over 87,000 cases of the virus and over 1,700 deaths.
On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence visited the state and promised to deploy hundreds of medical personnel to the state to aid in the crisis that has seen 86 percent of inpatient bends and 89 percent of ICU beds filled. Those patients include COVID-19 patients and those fighting other ailments.
Nationally, cases have passed 2,715,000 with more than 128,000 deaths as the US scrambles to control the spread of the virus.