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Across the United States, coronavirus cases rise by more than 50,000 on Thursday,  surpassing the previous single-day records set earlier in the week of 52,789.

Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of COVID19, marking a new single-day record for the state, which reported 6,563 cases on Wednesday.

The Washington Poat reports that there were 68 new deaths, for a total of 3,718.

It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average.

Georgia, one of the first states to loosen restrictions, joined Florida and several other states in setting single-day records of new cases. Georgia reported 3,472, up from 2,976 on Wednesday.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans to wear masks in public in any county with 20 or more positive covid-19 cases — a dramatic move that comes as cases in the state continue to climb. The decision comes as a reversal after Abbott had previously barred local governments from penalizing people who didn’t wear masks in public. On Thursday, Texas reported 7,915 new cases of the coronavirus.

The WP goes on and states that the US is on track to have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of this year or early 2021, according to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

The FDA has given authorization to proceed with clinical trials for four vaccines, Hahn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Meanwhile, markets are taking this in their stride on Wall Street and closed on a positive note leading into the Independence Day long weekend. 

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