The United States hit a new record for coronavirus cases Friday, notching nearly 290,000 in a span of 24 hours, according to a real-time tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The country, the hardest-hit in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, also recorded 3,676 virus deaths in the same day, the Baltimore-based university said.
The day before, the US had recorded a record of nearly 4,000 deaths in 24 hours.
Some 131,000 people are currently hospitalized in the US for COVID-19, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
The world’s largest economy has recorded 21.8 million coronavirus cases