US records more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in single day — the most since May

The US saw more than 2,000 coronavirus fatalities in a single day for the first time since May — as the country’s total death toll soared to a staggering 160,000 on Friday.

There were at least 2,060 deaths reported nationwide during a 24-hour period from Wednesday night to Thursday night, according to the AFP, which cited data from Johns Hopkins University.

As illness numbers spiked, top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci warned there’s “trouble ahead” for some major US cities.

“This is a predictor of trouble ahead,” Fauci, who sits on the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN Thursday. “Unless everybody pulls together, and gets the level way down over baseline, we’re going to continue to see these kind of increases.”

Fauci was responding to a question about fellow task force member Dr. Deborah Birx’s prediction this week that cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit could face major outbreaks due to an uptick in infections.

Overall, coronavirus-related deaths in the US increased by 10,000 during a nine-day period this week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The last time the so many single-day deaths were recorded in the country was May 7.

On Friday, the US total death toll rose to more than 160,000 — nearly a quarter of the global COVID-19 fatalities — with many recorded in California, Florida and Texas.

Coronavirus deaths are increasing in 23 states and decreasing 20 states, according to a Reuters analysis of data. On average, 1,000 Americans are dying each day from COVID-19, it states.

With Post wires

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