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The daily coronavirus death toll in the United States increased this week after months of decline, as hospitals in hot-spot states were overwhelmed with new patients.
The U.S. reported its highest single-day infections — more than 67,000 cases — on Thursday. The United States reported more than 4,200 deaths in the past seven days, and experts warn that the trend could continue to get worse.
More than 131,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began, and at more than 3.1 million confirmed cases have been reported.
Here are some significant developments:
- Many Texas hospitals are struggling to add capacity to treat both covid-19 patients and others. In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced the convention center in Atlanta will reopen as a temporary hospital, the AJC reports.
- Texas, Arizona and South Carolina have all seen their death toll from covid-19 rise by more than 100 percent in the last four weeks. Four more states — Mississippi, Tennessee, California and Louisiana — have seen at least a 20 percent jump in that time span.
- The Trump administration is pressing the Food and Drug Administration to reverse course and grant a second emergency authorization for the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19. Scientists have widely criticized the new study that the White House is relying on as “flawed.”
- The coronavirus proved substantially deadlier to people of color under the age of 65 than to their white counterparts in the early days of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
- Republican governors who have opposed or even blocked orders mandating mask-wearing are watching from the sidelines as local officials impose strict measures to contain the spread.
- The college football season, uninterrupted for 150 years, veered this week toward a grim fate as the novel coronavirus continued to surge. The Big Ten "may not have college sports in the fall,” commissioner Kevin Warren said Thursday.
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