Florida posts a record spike in infections for the SECOND day and Texas towns begin imposing curfews as five states see their highest daily rise in cases and the US death toll hits 125,000 The US recorded 45,242 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest single-day increase of the pandemic after the number of infections surged in at least five states including Florida, Georgia, Utah, Tennessee and Idaho. Underscoring the worsening spread of the virus, Florida on Saturday morning reported 9,585 new infections in the last 24 hours, marking a record high for a second day, and 24 additional deaths. The US death toll has surpassed 125,000, the highest in the world, with a total of 2.48million confirmed cases. Florida and Texas joined the small but growing list of those that are either backtracking or putting any further reopenings of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the South and West. Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars across to close by mid-day and required restaurants to limit indoor seating capacity to 50 per cent Friday, while Florida state officials told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises. Cities in Harris and Hidalgo counties in Texas have implemented curfews this week in as they try to contain the virus amid a surge in cases.