Good morning, it’s Friday, July 17. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.
There are 13.8 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 590,000 deaths.
The U.S. has over 3.5 million cases with over 138,000 deaths.
On Thursday, U.S. infections rose by over 75,000, making it the highest daily case count on record.
On Thursday, Florida reported 13,000 new cases and 156 deaths, which breaks its single-day death record for the second time this week.
And Texas reported 10,291 cases on Thursday, with 129 deaths, marking the deadliest day for Texans for a second day in a row.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, said during an interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the U.S. needed to "regroup, call a time out,” as states reopened too quickly without first getting the virus under control.
Starting July 20, CVS customers will be required to wear masks before entering the stores. Target customers will have to do so beginning Aug. 1.
"With the recent spike in covid-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings," CVS Chief Operating Officer Jon Roberts said in a statement.
"To be clear, we're not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer," Roberts said.
Target's face-covering policy excludes "those with underlying medical conditions and young children." About 80% of Target stores already are located in areas where face coverings are required.
Brazil has surpassed two million cases and 76,000 deaths.
And India has surpassed one million cases and 25,000 deaths.
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