There have now been more than 11 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide with the US only reporting a daily global record of more than 55,000 new cases on Thursday.
Infections rose in the majority of states and America’s top public health expert spoke of a “very disturbing week”. Thursday’s US tally smashed the previous single-day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on 19 June.
The US will be on a “red list” of high-risk countries that people in England are advised not to visit for non-essential reasons because of its continued high level of coronavirus cases.
England is to relax travel restrictions for more than 50 countries including nearly all EU countries, British territories, and Australia and New Zealand.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, as promised, permitted pubs, bars and restaurants to reopen in England on Saturday despite concerns from the public that it could overwhelm the police and the health service. In a radio interview, the prime minister suggested that the day of the week for reopening would not make a difference.
Cases of coronavirus are surging in South Africa, a month after the country lifted most of the restrictions brought in with one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. The country’s biggest single-day jump in the number of cases, adding 8,728 confirmed infections and taking the total count to 168,061, took place on Thursday.