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US reports 52,000 COVID-19 cases, highest in single-day

The US notched more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Wednesday, a new one-day record as infections surge around the country, bringing the total number of cases to 2,682,270, a tally on Johns Hopkins University showed.

The surge in cases has seen several states pause their re-openings. California on Wednesday, banned indoor dining in Los Angeles as well as service in bars, cinemas and museums for at least three weeks.

The governor of Michigan also closed bars in the northern state, while Oregon and Pennsylvania have fallen in with other states making it compulsory to wear masks, a highly politicized issue in the country.

"During a heavy travel season, the absence of a strong national response, including a nationwide masking mandate, will continue to threaten the viability of our economy and the ability of our schools to reopen in the fall," warned David Rubin, director of PolicyLab, a research center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

President Donald Trump, who has yet to be seen in public wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic said, he would have "no problem" doing so, while reiterating his belief that the contagion will just "disappear."

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