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US records over 66,000 new cases of coronavirus at record peak

Nearly 135,000 people have died in the US since the pandemic started, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The wave of coronavirus cases is overloading hospitals in Florida, Texas and Arizona, where IC beds are reaching capacity in some areas. In Houston, the Texas Tribune reported some hospitals turn emergency services away when the beds get full with coronavirus patients.

California, Texas and Florida have placed some restrictions on bars and indoor eateries, as business has skyrocketed in recent weeks, although governors have no longer managed to order new orders at home that were previously introduced in the pandemic.

Walt Disney World in Florida reopened its parks this week despite concerns from staff and health experts. The Sunshine State is also pushing ahead with its plan to host the GOP convention in Jacksonville, although Governor Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump, declined on Tuesday to say whether he would lift restrictions on indoor rallies. The Washington Post reported On Thursday, Republicans consider keeping the event out. Vice President Mike Pence will meet with RNC officials in Jacksonville on Saturday.

The nationwide spike in the coronavirus has sparked a battle over plans to reopen schools this fall. President Donald Trump insists on full reopenings, threatens to withhold funding from the federal government from schools not fully reopening.