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The U.S. Has Set Daily Record For New COVID0-19 Cases

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In an NPR Live COVID Update article written on 06/26, author, Matt Katkov, writes that with numbers quickly increasing across Southern states, the U.S. set a daily record for new COVID-19 cases. Making the figures from Thursday (6/25) matching new case numbers not seen since late in April.

"According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, 40,401 new cases were recorded on June 25, surpassing the previous record set April 24, which saw 36,291 new cases."

Katkov goes on to state that the U.S. continues to lead the world in both reported cases and deaths from the coronavirus. As of early June 26, the U.S. has recorded 2,422,310 cases and 124,416 deaths.CDC estimates that these case numbers are vastly understated.

"Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually were 10 other infections," Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, said during a call with reporters Thursday.

At least two states which had resisted stringent measures to control the spread of the virus are adjusting public health policies to address their surging numbers.

Whether the increase in reported cases will be matched by a surge in deaths will depend on a number of factors, according to public health experts, such as the age of those infected, individual risk factors, and the availability of medical care.

Deaths per day are averaging about 600, compared with a high of about 2,200 per day in April. One explanation for the drop offered by public health experts is that many of those recently infected are young.

Much depends on how the government continues to respond to the pandemic."It is possible if we play our cards badly and make a lot of mistakes, to get back to that [April] level. But if we are smart, there's no reason to get to 2,200 deaths a day," Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard's Global Health Institute, told The Associated Press.

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