The U.S. again hit a new record-high number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Five states set new single-day highs, and the country recorded more than 40,000 new cases. Wednesday's and Thursday's totals were also the highest yet since the coronavirus pandemic began, and infections are skyrocketing in places that were previously not heavily affected. Florida, for example, recorded nearly 9,000 new cases, and Texas officials are warning their hospitals may soon be overwhelmed. Both states moved to restrict activity that had previously been allowed, such as closing bars. Despite the localized spikes, White House coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the hot spots could easily spread. He urged all Americans to heed their "societal responsibility" to wear masks and continue to social distance.

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