The US has recorded almost 1,500 more deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic, its biggest single-day increase in fatalities since mid-May, data has shown.
Wednesday’s rise brought the country’s death toll to at least 166,000 nationwide, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus infections are still on the rise too, with at least five million confirmed to date.
As the US edges towards 5.2 million cases, the Trump administration continues to push for children to return to schools, businesses to reopen and crowds to fill sports stadiums.
“We’ve got to open up our schools and open up our businesses,” Trump said at a White House briefing on Wednesday.
Since May, all 50 states have been lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that curbed the spread of coronavirus, but damaged the economy.
When restrictions were loosened, infections spiked again, with southern and western states seeing the largest outbreaks.