US virus cases continue to rise at near-record rate

NEW YORK (AP) — The daily U.S. count of new coronavirus cases stood near an all-time high Thursday. It’s hovering close to the late-April peak that marked some of the darkest and deadliest days of the crisis so far. According to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University, the 34,300 COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday were slightly fewer than the day before, but still close to the U.S. daily high of 36,400 from April.  As the virus rises again in the U.S. and other parts of the world, some governments and businesses are imposing new restrictions only weeks after lifting shutdowns. Meanwhile, others areas are loosening up.