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US daily coronavirus-case count crosses 50,000
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New coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose above 50,000, a single-day record, as some states and businesses reversed course on reopenings and hospitals were hit by a surge of patients.
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The U.S. accounts for about a quarter of more than 10.6 million coronavirus cases worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The nation's death toll climbed above 128,000.
Cases and hospitalizations are rising sharply in a number of areas.
DAILY CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS IN US HIT RECORD
In Texas, 6,533 Covid-19 patients were in hospitals, according to the state's Department of Health. For most of April and May that number hovered between 1,100 and 1,800. It broke the 2,000 mark on June 8.
Arizona, another hot spot, recorded its highest percentage of occupied ICU beds, at 89%. On Wednesday the state reported nearly 5,000 new cases, for a total of 79,228. More than 10% of its daily tests were positive.
In California, where hospitalizations are up more than 40% from two weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new restrictions, including the mandatory closure of bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters, zoos and museums in 19 counties where 70% of the state's population lives.