United States struggles as more than 2.5 million coronavirus cases are confirmed

The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide hit a record high of 45,300 on Friday - a more than 5,000-case spike from the day before.

Overall, the virus has spread to 188 countries and regions since late a year ago.

The United States continues to lead in the number of confirmed cases, with more than 2.5 million and a death toll of 126,332 by Sunday afternoon, according to NBC News' tally. South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia also reported record daily tallies.

Some US leaders, including President Donald Trump, have said that the significant increase in cases is a product of increased testing capacity in the US, though experts have said that's not accurate as a greater share of tests administered has returned positive results.

At least 13 states have paused or held back their reopening due to the rise in cases. In the United States alone, there were more than 2.5 million confirmed cases, 125,000 deaths and 679,000 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins. The staggering milestone comes as virus cases have surged in the U.S.in recent weeks, and as South America has emerged as a virus hotspot. Nearly 2,500 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, taking the total to 220,180, health officials said, according to Reuters. Georgia, Nevada and SC also reported new daily records of infections that day while Arizona broke its previous record for hospitalisations.

After a massive increase of more than one million cases since June 21, data now suggests 499,000 people have died from the virus worldwide - with more than 43,500 fatalities in the UK.

China, where the disease was first discovered and where citizens underwent strict government-imposed months-long lockdowns, has reported 84,745 cases. Officials said over 309,700 people have recovered there.

China, New Zealand and Australia have seen new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely stifling local transmission. On Saturday alone the United States recorded more than 43,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins.



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