U.S. coronavirus deaths rose above 34,000 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as some states were expected to announce timetables for lifting restrictions aimed at blunting the pandemic.
The United States got some good news on Thursday, when the number of new deaths declined after setting record high increases two days in a row. U.S. deaths were at nearly 34,700 on Friday, up by nearly 1,400 with many states yet to report.
U.S. coronavirus confirmed cases passed 680,000, having risen by about 33,000 on Thursday. The number of new cases reported has increased for three days in a row and is the highest since a record high increase of 35,715 new cases was reported on April 10.
The infections and fatalities are spread unevenly across the country, with more densely populated places such as New York accounting for nearly half the total U.S. deaths.
Sweeping stay-at-home orders in 42 states to combat the new coronavirus have shuttered businesses, disrupted lives and decimated the economy, and some protesters have begun taking to the streets to urge governors to rethink the restrictions.