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Coronavirus cases rise by 69,000 across 24 hoursNew cases of Covid-19 rose by over 69,000 across the United States on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a record for the third consecutive day.
A total of nine US states – Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin – also reached records for single-day infections.
In Texas, another hot zone, Governor Greg Abbott warned he may have to impose new clampdowns if the state cannot stem its record-setting caseloads and hospitalisations through masks and social distancing.
“If we don’t adopt this best practice it could lead to a shutdown of business,” the Republican governor told local media, adding it was the last thing he wanted.