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US records 1.87 million COVID-19 cases, more than 25,000 deaths in July

NEW YORK: Coronavirus deaths in the United Sstates rose by more than 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 per cent. Deaths in July rose 20 per cent to nearly 154,000 total.

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The biggest increases in July were in Florida, with more than 310,000 new cases, followed by California and Texas with about 260,000 each. All three states saw cases double in June.

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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 per cent or less.

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The United States shattered single-day global records when it reported more than 77,000 new cases on Jul 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.

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