Daily US Times: The United States on Thursday has reported a new global record number of coronavirus increases. According to a Reuters tally, more than 55,000 new Covid-19 cases had reported on the day, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported.
Over the past week, a surge in coronavirus crisis across the US has put President Trump’s handling of the crisis under severe scrutiny and led several governors to halt plans to reopen their states after strict lockdowns.
The daily U.S. tally stood at 55,274 late Thursday, which is a new global record. Previous highest single-day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on June 19.
The United States was reporting about 22,000 new cases a day just two weeks ago. But according to the tally, the country has now reported more than 40,000 cases for seven straight days and broken records for new cases three days in a row.
At least 37 out of 50 US states have been experiencing new infections rose in the past 14 days.
On Thursday, Florida reported the biggest increase of any states so far, recording over ten thousand new cases in a single day. The state with 21 million residents has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.
Earlier this week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci warned that the daily increase in new U.S. cases could reach 100,000 without nationwide measures to slow the rate.
As testing rates have increased, so has the percentage of positive results. Hospitalizations across the US have also skyrocketed.
US hospitals preparing for another coronavirus surge as number of cases in several states have been rising for days. One doctor from a Houston hospital, which is partly transformed into a coronavirus specialty unit, says he expects to reach capacity in the next 14 days.
Dr. Joseph Varon, the chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center, says: “In the last three weeks, I have seen more admissions and sicker patients than on the previous 10 weeks.”
“It’s been an exponential increase on the severity of illness and on the number of cases that we admit.”
Coronavirus surge has been appearing in many other hospitals across America.
This week, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that at least 12 states are seeing a rise in daily hospitalizations.
The trend is worrying: A sharp increase in coronavirus patients can once again overwhelm hospitals, putting critical resources including beds, ventilators, and staffing in short supply.