US Records Highest COVID Death Toll Since Early June

Several states hit record single-day totals
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2020 7:39 PM CDT
US Records Highest COVID Death Toll Since Early June
People wait in line for coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

President Trump said at Tuesday's coronavirus briefing that the pandemic is likely to "get worse before it gets better." Figures released later Tuesday show just how much worse it is getting. The US recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, the first time the daily death toll has risen above 1,000 since June 2, the Washington Post reports. The figures include the highest single-day death tolls so far in states including Oregon, Tennessee, and Nevada. The New York Times notes that public health experts have been warning since cases began to surge in mid-June that deaths tend to follow new infections by around a month, meaning the daily death toll could potentially keep rising for weeks to come. During Tuesday's briefing, his first in months, Trump urged Americans to "get a mask," but promised that "vaccines are coming, and they're coming a lot sooner than anybody thought possible." (More coronavirus stories.)

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