California has begun a night-time curfew in an attempt to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.
The western state’s latest figures are now worse than the previous peak in August.
Across the US, the daily death toll linked to Covid-19 has passed 2,000 for the first time since May.
The country has now more than 12 million confirmed infections, with more than 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.
This is by far the highest death toll in the world.
About 187,000 new infections were recorded nationwide in the latest figures released on Friday for the previous day.