United States breaks COVID-19 case record for the second day in a row with more than 53,000 new viral infections

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The United States broke a one-day record for new cases of coronavirus with more than 53,000 infections in 24 hours Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The staggering increase set a new daily case record for the second day in a row after the nation observed more than 52,000 new cases on Wednesday.

According to the tracker, there have been 53,069 new cases and 649 deaths in the 24 hours until Thursday evening.

As of Thursday evening, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the United States was 2,739,092 and the number of deaths was 128,742.

The United States saw a record 53,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours Thursday, breaking a record from the day before, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

This graph shows how the number of daily coronavirus cases soared in June

This graph shows how the number of daily cases of coronavirus soared in June

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday night, accusing the spike in coronavirus cases from extensive testing efforts

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday night, accusing the spike in coronavirus cases from extensive testing efforts

Florida: On Thursday, eight states reported record levels in single-day cases, including Florida. But that didn't stop hordes of people hitting the sand in Miami Beach (above)

Florida: On Thursday, eight states reported record levels in single-day cases, including Florida. But that didn’t stop hordes of people hitting the sand in Miami Beach (above)

South Dakota: Crowds have also gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota before Trump's July 3 visit

South Dakota: Crowds have also gathered at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota before Trump’s July 3 visit

Texas: Medical personnel treat a patient in the intensive care unit COVID-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center Thursday in Houstin, Texas, in the middle of a case peak

Texas: Medical personnel treat patient in intensive care unit COVID-19 at United Memorial Medical Center Thursday in Houstin, Texas, amidst peak cases

It comes as eight states reported one-day case files on Thursday: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Despite the increase in numbers, some states are still seeing crowded beaches and outdoor festivities as the nation heads for the July 4 holiday weekend.

In Miami, hordes of people have been seen on the beaches enjoying the sun, despite looming concerns about the virus.

In South Dakota, crowds of people waving pro-Trump flags were seen at Mt. Rushmore National Monument, one day before President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to the site to celebrate Independence Day.

On Thursday, eight states reported one-day cases: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee

On Thursday, eight states reported one-day cases: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Tennessee

Woman sits with child in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday as the state recorded more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus

Woman sits with child in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday as the state recorded more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus

Couple photographed in Miami Beach where swimmers are seen drinking on Thursday despite an increase in coronavirus cases in the state

Couple photographed in Miami Beach where swimmers are seen drinking on Thursday despite an increase in coronavirus cases in the state

Life is a beach! People pictured enjoying the warmth and clear waters of Miami on Thursday

Life is a beach! People pictured enjoying the warmth and clear waters of Miami on Thursday

Florida now has more than 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday marks 25th day in a row that the state set a seven-day moving average

Florida now has more than 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. Thursday is the 25th consecutive day that the state has set a record in its seven-day moving average

Groups were seen enjoying the sand and the sun on Thursday in Miami Beach

Groups were seen enjoying the sand and the sun on Thursday in Miami Beach

Governor Ron DeSantis attributed the Florida coronavirus outbreak to `` social interactions '' between young people at parties, beaches, bars, and pools and to a `` robust '' testing program

Governor Ron DeSantis attributed the Florida coronavirus outbreak to “social interaction” between young people at parties, beaches, bars and pools and to a “robust” testing program

This beach follower wore a mask as she walked away from Miami Beach on Thursday, where hordes of people lay in the sand

This beach follower wore a mask as she walked away from Miami Beach on Thursday, where hordes of people lay in the sand

A view of the animated strip of Miami Beach shown above. 10,109 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Florida on Thursday, breaking their previous record

A view of the animated strip of Miami Beach shown above. 10,109 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida on Thursday, breaking their previous record

The celebration will include a fireworks display at the iconic monument on Friday, which features the stone carvings of US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott closed the loop on Thursday and instructed residents of counties with 20 or more cases of COVID-19 to wear masks in public and to ban gatherings of more than 10 people.

The announcement came a day after the Lone Star State reported 8,000 new cases of COVID-19. Texas reported 175,977 cases of coronavirus and 2,525 deaths on Thursday.

Preparation: the workers photographed set up a stage and a crowd space on Mt. Rushmore National Monument in preparation for President Donald Trump's site visit Friday

Preparation: the workers photographed set up a stage and a crowd space on Mt. Rushmore National Monument in preparation for President Donald Trump’s site visit Friday

Photographed workers prepare for Trump site visit Thursday

Photographed workers prepare for Trump site visit Thursday

Friday’s Independence Day celebration will include fireworks

Friday’s Independence Day celebration will include fireworks

Trump fans were seen posing for photos at the bustling monument on Thursday

Trump fans were seen posing for photos at the bustling monument on Thursday

Florida is another state of concern as it now has more than 169,000 cases and 3,600 deaths. It was the 25th consecutive day on Thursday that the state set a record in its seven-day moving average.

But Governor Ron DeSantis blamed “social interactions” between young people at parties, beaches, bars, and pools, and also said the numbers were rising due to a more “robust” testing program. .

Another hotspot for the virus is Arizona, which reported 3,333 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 new deaths on Thursday. Overall, the state has recorded more than 87,000 cases of virus and more than 1,700 deaths.

A doctor pictured communicating through an air curtain in the intensive care unit through an air curtain in the intensive care unit COVID-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston Thursday

A doctor pictured communicating through an air curtain in the intensive care unit through an air curtain in the intensive care unit COVID-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston Thursday

Texas reported 175,977 cases of coronavirus and 2,525 deaths on Thursday.

Texas reported 175,977 cases of coronavirus and 2,525 deaths on Thursday.

A COVID-19 patient pictured being transferred to another room of the coronavirus ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A COVID-19 patient pictured being transferred to another room of the coronavirus ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A COVID-19 patient pictured talking with a doctor at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston Thursday

A COVID-19 patient pictured talking with a doctor at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston Thursday

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence toured the state and promised to deploy hundreds of medical personnel to the state to help with the crisis that saw 86% of hospital patient turns and 89% of nursing beds intensive filled. These patients include COVID-19 patients and those who are fighting other diseases.

Nationally, cases have exceeded 2,715,000, with more than 128,000 deaths as the United States struggles to control the spread of the virus.

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