U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 75,000 deaths, after the White House shelved a step-by-step guide prepared by health officials to help states safely reopen.
Deaths in the United States, the epicenter of the global pandemic, have averaged 2,000 a day since mid-April despite efforts to slow the outbreak.
The death toll is higher than any fatalities from the seasonal flu going back to 1967 and represents more U.S. deaths than during the first 10 years of the AIDS epidemic, from 1981 to 1991.
U.S. cases are over 1.25 million as new infections continue to rise in many states, including Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally and an analysis of historical data from the COVID Tracking Project.
New York and New Jersey, the two states with the highest number of cases, have been experiencing declines in new positive cases in recent weeks.
Some health experts are predicting a resurgence in deaths later this summer as U.S. states lift stay-at-home orders and Americans begin eating out at restaurants and going to gyms again.
A University of Washington research model here often cited by White House officials earlier this week nearly doubled its projected U.S. death toll to over 134,000 by Aug. 4