The United States reported a total of 70,450 coronavirus cases on Friday, which represents the highest one-day increase for the country since late July, according to The New York Times COVID-19 database.
The news of the huge spike in cases is the latest that could suggest that the fall and winter surge predicted by doctors and public health experts is already here.
Midwestern states and others across the country are experiencing a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado all hitting records on Friday for case increases. of a day.
As of Saturday afternoon, according to the Times, Indiana and Ohio had already broken previous records.
Additionally, more than 900 people in the United States died from the virus on Friday, bringing the total death toll to at least 21
According to the database, the world also hit record new cases in a single day with over 415,000 infections reported on Friday.
The seven-day national average has also increased by nearly 8,000 new cases a day since last Friday, according to the Times.
The data also shows that rural areas are experiencing higher infection rates than ever, with North Dakota and South Dakota adding more new cases per capita than any other state since the start of the pandemic.
Other states with large rural areas, including Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Alaska, and Oklahoma, had more cases in a seven-day period than any previous week.
The rise in cases across the country, particularly in the Midwest, has prompted some public health experts to warn that the wave of cases expected for fall and winter is already here and is hitting with unprecedented force. .
“We’ve been talking about the wave of fall for a long time. I think it’s the beginning of that reality,” Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s former food and drug commissioner, he told CNBC on Fridays.
As the colder months approach, people will be guided indoors to get away from the cold in enclosed, heated spaces.
Respiratory viruses such as the flu and the common cold tend to spread more easily in colder, drier climates, leading health officials to believe it will be the same for COVID-19.
“You cannot enter the coldest months of autumn and the coldest months of winter with a high level of infection in the community”, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciKey’s coronavirus model predicts nearly 80% increase in deaths by February The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump Fighting, Biden Serious During Remote TV Duel herd immunity ” would kill thousands more, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Friday in a webinar at Johns Hopkins University.
“We will start doing a lot of things indoors rather than outdoors, and that’s when you need to pay particular attention to the spread of a respiratory disease,” he added.