Record 4,591 people killed by COVID-19 in a day in the US

Thursday marked a new record for coronavirus deaths in the US, with 4,591 people dying from the virus in just 24 hours.

The prior record was 2,569 deaths in the US on Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday was approximately the same as Wednesday, with 31,451 new confirmed infections across the country, according to the outlet.

There have been more than 671,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 33,000 deaths. Around the world, there have been more than 2.15 million infections.

Thursday’s spike came on the same day that President Trump unveiled guidance for a phased reopening of parts of the US economy that largely leaves final decisions to governors across the country.

The guidance recommends that states see a downward trajectory in the number of confirmed cases and flu-like symptoms before moving to lift the stay-at-home orders and other restrictions in states nationwide intended to stem the spread of the virus.

Multiple regional coalitions formed this week as state officials confer with one another on the best course for lifting advisories, including in the Northeast, along the West Coast and in a group of seven Midwestern states.