The United States on Thursday reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the global pandemic, with 77,255 new cases recorded, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

As of Friday, the U.S. now has more than 3.6 million confirmed cases — one-fourth of the world’s total, according to the Johns Hopkins data. The nation also accounts for roughly 139,000 of the world’s 593,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

California, Florida and Texas have emerged as the current U.S. hot spots, while a White House document reportedly put those three states and 15 others in a coronavirus “red zone” for new cases.

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