Coronavirus: US breaks daily record for COVID cases with nearly 84,000 new infections
The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported at least 83,948 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country, according to a Reuters tally.
The spike in cases comes less than two weeks before the presidential election on Nov. 3 and is hitting battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. On Thursday, the United States reported a near-record 76,195 new cases.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.
The previous record was 77,299 new cases on July 16. At the time, hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients hit 47,000 and two weeks later deaths rose to an average of 1,200 per day.
Now, hospitalizations are over 41,000 and deaths average nearly 800 per day.
Health experts have not pinpointed the reason for the rise but have long warned that colder temperatures driving people inside, fatigue with COVID-19 precautions, and students returning to schools and colleges, could promote the spread of the virus.
The United States has the most cases in the world at 8.5 million and the most fatalities with 224,000 lives lost. The United States has reported over the past week an average of 60,000 new cases per day, the highest seven-day average since early August.
The Midwest has been the epicenter of the latest surge but infections are rising nationwide.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
The Northeast reported an 83% increase in cases in the past month. New cases have doubled in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New Jersey in the past four weeks as compared to the prior four weeks, according to a Reuters analysis.
Western states including Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming have reported a 200% increase in cases in the past four weeks when compared with the previous four weeks.
Coronavirus: Second Brazilian company to produce Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus: Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, three ministers in COVID-19 isolation
Coronavirus: Italy cases hit new record, protests in Naples over lockdown threat
Coronavirus: Second Brazilian company to produce Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccineA Brazilian pharmaceutical company said on Friday it has signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to produce Russia’s ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, three ministers in COVID-19 isolationBulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and three ministers from his government will have to stay in isolation after a deputy minister who they had ... Coronavirus