Virginia reported more than 550 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the largest single-day increase so far in the coronavirus pandemic.
The new cases brought the confirmed total to 5,077, a figure that is almost certainly an undercount due to a lack of widespread testing and the likelihood that many people without symptoms could be spreading the highly contagious virus.
The death count increased from 121 to 130.
Nationwide, the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italy’s for the highest in the world Saturday at more than 20,000. Worldwide, confirmed infections rose above 1.7 million, with over 100,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.