July 27, 2020 -- The U.S. has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths for several days, with Saturday marking the fifth day in a row that the death toll surpassed the grim number.

The last time the U.S. registered four consecutive days of 1,000 deaths was in late May, according to The Washington Post, when hotspot states in the Northeast recorded high numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Now states in the South and West have seen a spike in new cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, and California, Florida and Texas registered single-day records of deaths this week.

“What we have right now are essentially three New Yorks,” Deborah Birx, MD, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on the TODAY show on Friday.

“We’re really having to respond as an American people, and that’s why you hear us calling for masks and increased social distancing to really stop the spread of this epidemic,” she said.

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