US records a sudden massive surge of COVID-19 cases

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The United States (US) has recorded more than 99,000 corona virus cases; in the past 24 hours; which has set a new daily record, as per a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The country reported 99,660 new infections between 8:30 pm on Tuesday; and 8:30 pm on Wednesday (0130 GMT), and 1,112 deaths, the tally by the Baltimore-based school; showed a day after Americans’ went to vote for choosing their next president.

More than 9.4 million people have been infected and 2,33,000 have died in the US so far during the pandemic, by far the worst tolls in absolute terms globally.

Sixteen states reported single-day records for new cases on Friday: Iowa, Kentucky, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Montana, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Colorado, and Maine. And three states hit record deaths: Tennessee, Montana, and New Mexico.

US records a sudden massive surge of COVID-19 cases
The New York Times

The outbreak looks different across the country, with states close in proximity sharing phases of the pandemic. Some, like North Dakota and South Dakota, have endured an extremely high number of cases for weeks the Dakotas are ranked first and second nationally in recent cases per capita. Officials in North Dakota reported a single-day record on Friday for the second day in a row. Nearby Montana and Wyoming also hit single-day records for new cases on Friday.

In the Midwest, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan are experiencing swift, alarming rises in case counts. In Illinois, new cases have increased nearly 70 percent in two weeks; with more than 8,010 new cases on Friday, the second single-day record in a row. Ohio reported 3,845 new cases on Friday; the second single-day record in a row. And Michigan has been averaging more than 3,000 cases per day for the past week; an increase of 88% from the average two weeks ago.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also trending upward. Across the nation, more than 46,600 people were hospitalised; with the virus on Friday, an increase of about 25% over the last two weeks, as per the COVID Tracking Project. The country has averaged just over 800 deaths a day; over the last week, up from about 700 a month ago.

This week, the US reached its worst week for virus cases, with more than 559,000 new infections reported in the seven-day period that ended on Friday. The country also crossed the threshold of nine million infections since the pandemic started. The virus still has the potential to infect millions more, since the country has not neared herd immunity, Dr. Osterholm said, “The virus is going to keep coming back.”


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