WASHINGTON _ The United States again broke its own record for new coronavirus cases in a single day, with more than 66,600 fresh infections documented over the course of Friday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. has broken its own record in three out of the last four days, according to the university's tracker.
Florida, one of the states seeing the sharpest spike, reported more than 10,000 daily cases and 93 new deaths. Disney resorts in the state are starting to reopen, beginning with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
Georgia, also a hot spot, shattered its own record, with more than 4,000 new cases. However, a fight is brewing between the mayor of the state's main city, Atlanta, a Democrat, who is trying to roll back reopenings, and the governor, a Republican, who is refusing.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms warned of "alarming" spike in new cases.
The White House has downplayed the severity of the new outbreaks across multiple states, insisting, despite the evidence, that the rising caseloads are only due to expanded testing, and focusing on death rates.
While mortality figures have been in sharp decline, they are starting to tick back up.
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