U.S. COVID-19 cases top 2.8 million

Mexican paramedic checks the temperature of a traveler as he enters to Ciudad Jurez, Mexico from the United States through the Stanton-Lerdo international bridge to prevent contagion due to COVID-19 in Ciudad Juarez , Mexico July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The number of COVID-19 infections in the United States surpassed the 2.8 million mark on Saturday as the country continues to see a spike in daily new cases.

The country reported a daily global record of more than 55,000 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday as its top public health expert spoke of a “very disturbing week”.

The daily U.S. tally on Thursday stood at 55,274 new cases, surpassing the previous single-day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on 19 June.

According to data from the Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has now registered more than 129,000 COVID-19-related deaths, accounting for close to a quarter of the world’s total fatalities.

The total U.S. infections account for 25.2 percent of the world’s total cases.

The state of New York reported the most cases and the highest death toll in the country, standing at 395,872 and 32,137, respectively.

Other states with over 100,000 cases include California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts, the CSSE data showed.