LOS ANGELES: Many Americans flocked to beaches on Saturday (Apr 25) as one Florida county expanded access and California experienced a heat wave, even as new coronavirus cases hit a record high in the United States the day before and deaths topped 200,000 worldwide.

Hair salons and other shops in Georgia, Oklahoma and some other states opened for a second day as pockets of the country sought to restart their economies following a month of government-ordered lockdowns.

The tentative steps toward restarting life run against the warnings of many public health experts, who say the increased human interaction could spark a new wave of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the highly contagious virus.

The United States on Friday recorded 36,491 new cases of COVID-19, a record daily high, according to a Reuters tally. As of Saturday, the total number of cases in the country stood at more than 930,000.

Global deaths linked to the virus passed 200,000 on Saturday, more than one-quarter of them in the United States.

Read More: CNA

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