A near record one-day increase in coronavirus cases lifted the total number of infections in the United States to 3.5 million, with more than 137,000 deaths. The outbreak has gotten worse in 41 states over the last two weeks. California officials said Wednesday their state had 11,142 COVID-19 cases reported over the last 24 hours, shattering the record of 9,816 cases reported on July 9. Hospitalization numbers also hit a new high of 6,700. The state also had its second highest single-day death toll, 144, with minorities and Los Angeles County hit hardest. California has paused reopening plans in some areas and reimposed some restrictions that had been lifted. Cases also have been surging in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana.

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