Cases in California and deaths in Texas increase revisions
Peter Wells in New York
California reported a daily increase of more than 11,000 coronavirus cases for a second straight day as the state continues to process a backlog of infections caused by a glitch data.
The state case collection rose to 11,645, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed at a news conference Wednesday, from 12,500 on Tuesday which was the second-largest one-day jump.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, California has confirmed 586,056 coronavirus infections.
Mr Newsom explained, however, that the latest figures include 5,433 new cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours and 6,212 infections that leaked from a large amount of data.
Texas became the U.S. state with the fourth highest number of coronavirus deaths after deaths in the state reached 9,000 on Wednesday.
Another 324 people died, the Texas Department of Health revealed this afternoon, from 220 on Tuesday.
This would rank as the state’s largest daily increase in casualties, excluding a one-time review on July 27 that resulted in a nationwide total being reviewed higher by a combined 675 new and historic deaths.
Since the start of the pandemic, Texas has now reported 9,034 deaths, the fourth highest ratio among U.S. states and after New York, New Jersey and California.
Florida reported 8,898 deaths, meaning both it and Texas today surpassed Massachusetts, which was among the northeastern states hardest hit in the early days of the pandemic.
New York, an early hotspot for Covid-19 in the US, took much less time than California, Texas and Florida to reach the top 100,000 cases, but it took more and more time to add each subsequent batch of 100,000 infections.
New York reported 700 more cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, slightly more than its seven-day average.
If that pace were to be kept stable, it would take New York more than 110 days to reach the 500,000 mark, as it already took 33 days to move from 400,000 to today’s total of 422,703, according to FT analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.