California becomes new virus epicentre in US

California overtook New York, the original epicentre of the nation's outbreak, as the worst-hit state with infections, SIA reports.

Total cases in the most populous US state climbed above 414,000 with just a handful of California counties reporting 4,700 new cases so far. New York has recorded by far the most deaths of any US state at over 32,000 with California in fourth place with nearly 8,000 deaths.

If California were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for total cases behind US, Brazil, India and Russia. New York currently has over 412,800 total cases and is adding on average 700 new cases a day in July. In California, there is an average of 8,300 new cases a day.

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