The United States reported 88,521 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday – more cases than have ever been reported before in a single day during the pandemic. The country is now approaching 9 million confirmed cases, and more than 228,000 people have died due to the virus.

Test positive rates have been climbing across 45 states, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Over a dozen states have test positive rates of 10% or more, indicating widespread virus transmission.

Boosted restrictions to help stem the spread have rolled out in some parts of the U.S., while Europe is seeing new lockdowns. People streamed out of Paris on Thursday before France locked down. Next week, a new lockdown will come into effect in Germany.  Read More..