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U.S. records over 1,100 COVID-19 deaths for third straight day

Workers at Kindred Hospital Westminster protest outside the hospital to demand management take immediate measures to protect them and their patients from further infection inside the 109-bed long-term care facility during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Westminster, California, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - The United States recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19 for the third day in a row on Thursday, as the outbreak strained hospitals in California, Florida and Texas, according to a Reuters tally.

The rise in the U.S. death toll has not seen back-to-back days with over 1,100 lives lost since late May. Many states and local governments in May lifted restrictions and reopened beaches, restaurants and businesses, triggering a surge in infections of the novel coronavirus in June and an increase in fatalities in July.

So far in July, 17 states have broken one-day records for increases in COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

Deaths rose by at least 1,014 to a total of 144,211 on Thursday compared with a rise of 1,135 on Wednesday and a jump of 1,141 on Tuesday. Total cases across the United States surpassed 4 million and rose by at least 60,000 on Thursday.

Texas reported at least 174 deaths, Florida 173, California 152 and Arizona 89 deaths. Florida’s deaths were a one-day record as were 37 deaths in Tennessee.

Even though deaths are rising in the United States for a second week in a row, they remain well below levels seen in April, when 2,000 people a day on average died from the virus.

Among the 20 countries with the largest outbreaks, the United States ranks sixth highest globally for deaths per capita, according to a Reuters analysis.

Reporting by Diane Craft; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Grant McCool