AMERICA endured its worst coronavirus day as the country recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths since mid-May.
The US registered 1,503 new deaths related to the disease on Wednesday making it the deadliest coronavirus day this summer. The deaths in America are lower than their peak in April when the country had recorded as many as 2,000 per day.
But the rates have started to increase again since early July following outbreaks in the South and West of America.
So far there have been more than 166,000 deaths in the US from coronavirus since the pandemic began according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
The US has the most deaths of any country in the world.
Some states in America who are being hit hardest by the disease have started to see a decrease in COVID-19 infections.
But the same states are still experiencing high rates of coronavirus deaths.
Recorded deaths are a lagging indicator as it takes time for a patient to experience COVID-19 symptoms and get hospitalised before they die.
Florida recorded 277 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday but has witnessed new infections starting to decline.
Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said the country could have up to 300,000 deaths by the end of this year.
He added: “We’re definitely going to be somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000, and whether we’re closer to 200,000 or closer to 300,000 depends on what we do and how this evolves.”
The news comes as President Donald Trump has vowed to push for the reopening of schools in the US.
He warned that children in America will suffer if they do not receive in-person classes.
Mr Trump also made threats to redirect federal funding away from schools if they choose not to reopen.
He said on Wednesday: “We got to open up.
“We got to open up our schools and open up our businesses.”
Mr Trump added that children “often have only mild symptoms, and medical complications are incredibly rare – very, very, very rare. Those that do face complications often have underlying medical conditions.”
Florida has only provided permission for two school districts to conduct remote learning despite the high death rates.
Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of Mr Trump, compared reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic with the obstacles faced by the US military who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning for the autumn if America does not follow coronavirus safety measures.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said: “For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against COVID, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds.”
He added: “I’m not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it.”
Dr Redfield said if people do not follow recommendations in the US, this could be the worst autumn the country has ever had “from a public health perspective”.
On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Diseases, said: “You can’t run away from the numbers of people who’ve died, the number of people getting hospitalized, the surges we’re seeing.”