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- California reported 197 COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, breaking its own record set just a day earlier of 174 fatalities.
- Florida added 216 deaths.
- North Carolina reported 45 deaths.
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in many parts of the southern and western U.S., California, Florida and North Carolina set new records for daily coronavirus deaths Wednesday.
California reported 197 COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, breaking its own record set just a day earlier of 174 fatalities. The previous single-day record for the state was set on July 22 with 158 deaths.
Florida added 217 deaths on Wednesday, one day after the state added 191 fatalities to its toll. The state has reported 998 deaths over the last seven days.
Meanwhile, North Carolina reported 45 additional deaths from Tuesday, a single-day high increase for the state that has reported nearly 117,000 cases with 1,900 deaths.
Six months after the virus was first reported in the U.S., more than 150,000 Americans have died from the disease that is now set to become the third-leading cause of death this year behind heart disease and cancer.
Daily confirmed cases have soared past 50,000 on all but two days of July, while more than 60,000 new cases have been reported on seven of the last 10 days, indicating the number of the dead is likely to continue to increase.
The deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 670,000 people worldwide and infected nearly 17 million since the outbreak kicked off late last year. The U.S. currently leads the globe by a significant margin in the number of deaths and cases, followed by Brazil, India and Russia.
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