- July saw record-breaking surges of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US.
- A Reuters tally counted more than 25,000 deaths and 1.87 million new cases in July as cases doubled in 19 states during the month.
- Though some states have stabilized, health officials are concerned about rising case counts in the Midwest as the US reported the GDP collapsed at a 32.9% in the second quarter, the nation’s worst economic performance since the Great Depression.
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(Reuters) – US coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.
The United States recorded 1.87 million new cases in July, bringing total infections to 4.5 million, for an increase of 69%. Deaths in July rose 20% to nearly 154,000 total.
The biggest increases in July were in Florida, with over 310,000 new cases, followed by California and Texas with about 260,000 each. All three states saw cases double in June.
Cases also more than doubled in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, according to the tally.
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York had the lowest increases, with cases rising 8% or less.
The United States shattered single-day global records when it reported over 77,000 new cases on July 16. During July, 33 out of the 50 US states had one-day record increases in cases, and 19 set records for their rise in deaths in 24 hours, according to a Reuters tally.
After a rapid acceleration in cases, the outbreak appears to be stabilizing in Arizona, Florida, and Texas. Health officials are now concerned the outbreak has migrated to the Midwest from summer travel.
Click here for Reuters interactive graphics on US coronavirus data.
The news that more states could be hard hit by the virus comes a day after the US reported that gross domestic product collapsed at a 32.9% annualized rate in the second quarter, the nation’s worst economic performance since the Great Depression.
(Reporting by Christine Chan in New York and Lisa Shumaker in Chicago; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Leslie Adler)
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