In the 24 hours ending at 8 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, 4,591 people were reported to have died from Covid-19, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. The prior record was 2,569 on Wednesday.
The number of new reported U.S. cases, meanwhile, was roughly equal with that on Wednesday at 31,451.
In total, there have been more than 671,000 coronavirus cases and 33,000 deaths in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins. Globally, confirmed cases of the virus have reached more than 2.15 million, with the number of deaths world-wide topping 144,000.
Under the new guidelines, President Trump said governors would determine a timeline for reopening their states. “Every state is very different,” he said. “If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that.”