Deaths in the United States from the novel coronavirus rose by nearly 1,300 on Tuesday, the largest single-day increase since May, according to a Reuters tally.California, Florida and Texas, the three most populous states, reported record one-day death spikes on Tuesday, together accounting for 584 of 1,292 new deaths. Arkansas, Montana and Oregon have also seen record one-day increases in deaths from COVID-19.
Tuesday’s spike in deaths comes on top of the weekly increase in deaths in the United States for three consecutive weeks. Last week, deaths increased by more than 1,000 for four consecutive days.
A spike in infections in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas this month has overwhelmed hospitals. The hike has forced states to turn around on reopening economies that were limited by lockdowns in March and April to slow the spread of the virus.
The United States has lost nearly 150,000 people in total since the virus was first detected in the country in January, the highest number in the world. Cases rose by more than 64,000 on Tuesday to a total of 4.38 million.
Of the 20 countries with the largest outbreak, the United States ranks sixth in per capita deaths, with 4.5 deaths per 10,000 people. It is overtaken by the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Peru and Chile.