Florida, Arizona, Mississippi Break Single-Day Death Records

As the U.S. coronavirus resurgence continues, three states have broken their own records for single-day COVID-19 deaths: Florida, Arizona and Mississippi.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 253 new deaths, marking the third day in a row the state has broken its own record.

The new figure brings the state's death toll to 6,586. Arizona has added 172 deaths to its count, topping its previous high of 147 on July 18th.

And the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 48 deaths and 1,775 new cases, both record highs for the state.

Responding to the record-breaking numbers, the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator, Deborah Birx, suggests the states' governors should issue mandatory mask orders.

"We believe if the governors and mayors of every locality right now would mandate masks for their communities, and every American would wear a mask and socially distance and not congregate in large settings where you can't socially distance or wear a mask, that we can really get control of this virus -- and drive down cases, as Arizona has done," Birx says.

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