Medical staff push a stretcher carrying a COVID-19 patient at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on June 30, 2020.

  • The US recorded more than 1,100 new deaths from the coronavirus for the second day in a row on Wednesday.
  • Southern states hit a new record for daily new deaths on Tuesday, with 592 deaths, before breaking it on Wednesday, with 725 deaths, according to The Atlantic. 
  • The figures suggest a new surge in deaths after they had fallen since May, even as cases rose to their highest-ever levels.
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The US recorded more than 1,100 new coronavirus deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday.

The country recorded 1,165 deaths on Tuesday and 1,205 deaths on Wednesday, Worldometer reported. Reuters put Wednesday's figure at 1,101, while The Atlantic's coronavirus tracker put it at 1,126. (Different coronavirus trackers use different sources and report at different times, which often leads to a slight discrepancy in numbers.)

Alabama, California, Nevada, and Texas saw a record rise in single-day coronavirus deaths, and that deaths are rising in 23 states, Reuters reported.

The agency added that the hardest-hit states on Wednesday were Texas, with 197 deaths; California, with 159 deaths; Florida, with 140 deaths; and Ohio, with 106 deaths.

The Atlantic's Covid Tracking Project also found that the South hit new records for deaths in the region on Tuesday, with 592 deaths. And it broke that record on Wednesday, with 725 deaths.

It also found that California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Dakota all set records for their numbers of daily new cases on Wednesday.

The US has reported more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world: More than 3.9 million cases have been recorded and more than 143,000 people have died, according to data from John Hopkins University.

The deaths reported this week are below the peak of deaths in April and May, when more than 2,000 deaths were reported on some days.

But cases in the US are now significantly higher: More than 70,000 cases have been recorded on some days, compared to the peak of over 30,000 in April and May.

Coronavirus cases in the US as of July 23, 2020.

Deaths had long remained flat even as the number of new daily cases started to soar, but the new rise in deaths could point to a new surge.

The US death toll previously had not exceeded 1,000 since May 29.

US coronavirus deaths as of July 23, 2020.

The US currently ranks sixth-highest in the world for per-capita deaths, Reuters reported.

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