The United States has set a third straight daily record for new Covid-19 infections, notching more than 127,000 cases, John Hopkins University reported on Friday.
And the death toll as of 8.30pm (1.30am GMT) over the past 24 hours was 1,149, the Baltimore-based university said.
The outbreak has been surging for weeks across the country, with the Midwest worst-hit even as the number of new diagnoses were approaching springtime levels in the south, northeast and west.
While deaths remain far lower than the peak in spring, Friday was also the fourth day in a row that fatalities were above 1,000. The last time people were dying of Covid-19 at that rate in the US was early September.
As of Friday evening, the US – the worst-hit country in the world in terms of deaths and total cases – had more than 236,000 coronavirus-related fatalities and 9.7 million known infections.
Covid-19 cases in the United States have increased more than 50 per cent in the past two weeks.
According to an AP analysis of data from John Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases rose from 61,166 on October 22 to 94,625 on November 5.