US sets another virus record with 77,638 new cases

Paramedics taking a patient into an emergency centre at Maimonides Medical Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States [Andrew Kelly/Reuters]

The United States marked a record number of COVID-19 cases on Friday for the third consecutive day, notching 77,638 new infections in 24 hours, said Johns Hopkins University.

The country also recorded 927 more deaths on the day, said the Baltimore-based university at 8:30pm local time, 00:30GMT, 6:30am Bangladesh Standard Time Saturday.

The country, the hardest-hit by COVID-19 in the world, has suffered 1,39,128 total fatalities out of 3.64 million confirmed cases.

Experts believe the US never emerged from its first wave of infections, and cases have been surging again in recent weeks, particularly across the south and west states that pushed to lift lockdown restrictions early.

In California, Los Angeles County reported 4,592 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a single-day record.

‘Without aggressive action on the part of every person, we will not get back to slowing the spread,’ Barbara Ferrer, the county public health director, said in a statement.

In Texas and Arizona, which are dealing with stark surges in virus cases and deaths, authorities are bringing in refrigerated trucks to cope with the body count.