Over 68,000 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the United States on Friday, the highest number in a single day since July, further confirmation that the country is in the midst of a coronavirus renaissance.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project, the last time the United States saw nearly 68,000 new cases in one day was on July 31
Cases decreased from August to mid-September. But public health experts have long feared an increase in cases as the weather begins to cool, bringing people indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread. Cases are on the rise in most states, particularly in the Northern Midwest, including Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin, where Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a demonstration on Saturday night.
This week, the United States recorded an average of 55,000 new cases per day, a 60% increase from mid-September.
“It is not possible to enter the cold months of autumn and the cold months of winter with a high level of community infection,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the foremost infectious disease expert in the United States, said Friday as he discusses the difficulties. that the virus will have present in the coming weeks.
Fauci has repeatedly stated that the United States is still in its first wave of coronavirus, noting that case numbers have not dropped to a low enough level to be the end of that first phase. On Friday, the United States hit a global record of total cases, 8 million since March, with a death toll close to 220,000.
Public officials are preparing for an increase in hospitalizations. The hospitalization rate on Friday was 37,336, according to the Covid Tracking Project, the highest since August 28. Officials in Utah, Missouri and Indiana have indicated that some hospitals are starting to be overwhelmed. Governors of New Mexico and Kentucky have said they will strengthen Covid-19 guidelines.
The new cases hit 4,100 cases in Wisconsin on Friday, a daily record. The state has established overflowing hospitals and the National Guard is manning other test sites.
Joe Biden currently leads Donald Trump about seven points in Wisconsin, generally considered a battlefield state. Trump was scheduled to hold a rally in Janesville, about 175 miles from La Crosse, Minnesota, his intended location on Saturday until local officials urged the president to move the rally amid a spate of cases.
Biden released a statement on Trump’s plans.
“Wisconsin is in the throes of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country,” he said. “President Trump is knowingly downplaying the severity of the virus. At virtually every turn, he panicked and tried to wish him that rather than doing the hard work to keep him in check. ”