California surpasses 400,000 cases
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California is now the second worst hit state after New York, after it reported more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. This comes a day after a daily record number of infections was recorded in the state, with 11,554 recorded. New York, which was the epicenter of the virus in the beginning of the pandemic, has totaled 408,000 cases. The death toll in New York stands at 25,000, while California reported a total of 7,779.
The state of California is also reporting that the death tolls are increasing, with the seven-day average of deaths between 91 -99 every day since 10th July. Infected patients needing hospitalization has also increased and is at record breaking levels. There were around 6,921 people in California hospitals as of last Sunday.
If California was a country, it would rank 5th after South Africa by the number of cases.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths will reach 157,000 by August 8th in the USA.