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People tour around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the United States, on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

The national count of confirmed cases has surpassed 2.7 million to reach 2,735,554, with 128,684 deaths.

Fauci warned that the daily increase in COVID-19 infections could reach 100,000 if current outbreaks were not contained.

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. coronavirus cases rise by nearly 55,000 over the past 24 hours Thursday, a new one-day record surge, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The national count of confirmed cases has surpassed 2.7 million to reach 2,735,554, with 128,684 deaths, according to the university's latest tally.

People lounge on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the United States, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

The southeastern U.S. state of Florida on Thursday also smashed the previous single-day record, reporting 10,109 new cases, according to the state's Department of Heath.

Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the daily increase in COVID-19 infections could reach 100,000 if current outbreaks were not contained. ■

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