New cases of COVID-19 have risen by more than 69,000 across the US, setting a record for the third consecutive day.
There were also records for daily rises in infections set in nine states: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.
Florida has repeatedly reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreak. despite the alarming numbers across the US and a huge surge of infections in Florida, Disney is set to reopen attractions in Orlando after a four-month closure.
Disney’s new rules include mandatory masks and social distancing.
Visitors will need reservations to enter a park, and they won’t be allowed to move between venues.
Both visitors and employees will receive temperature checks when they enter, while fireworks and parades have been suspended to prevent drawing too many people together.
In Texas, the Governor has warned new restrictions could be imposed if the state cannot stem its record-setting caseloads and hospitalisations through masks and social distancing.
California has announced up to 8,000 prisoners would be released early to help slow the spread of COVID-19. At San Quentin State Prison, outside San Francisco, half of the facility’s 3,300 prisoners have tested positive for the virus.
The number of confirmed US infections is over 3 million, according to a Reuters tally, stoking fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Nearly 134,000 Americans have died, a toll that experts have warned would likely surge along with the rise in cases.
Overal, coronavirus cases are rising in 44 American states, based on a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two.