More than 68,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the United States on Friday, the largest number in a single day since July, further confirming that the country is in the midst of a revival of the coronavirus.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project, the last time the United States saw nearly 68,000 new cases a day was July 31
The cases decreased from August to mid-September. But public health experts have long feared an increase in when the weather begins to cool, leading people indoors where the virus is more likely to spread. Cases are on the rise in most states, especially in the north-west, including Dakotas, Montana and Wisconsin – where Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a rally on Saturday night.
This week, the United States has an average of 55,000 new cases a day, up 60 percent from mid-September.
“You can’t get into the cool fall months and the cold winter months with a high level of infection in the community,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the best infectious disease expert in the United States, as he discussed the difficulties the virus will face in the coming years. weeks.
Fauci has repeatedly said that the United States is still in its first wave of coronavirus, noting that the number of cases has not dropped to a low enough point to end this first phase. On Friday, the United States set a world record for a total of 8 million cases since March, with the death toll at nearly 220,000.
Civil servants are preparing to increase hospitalizations. On Friday, the hospitalization rate was 37,336, according to the Covid tracking project, the highest since Aug. 28. Officials in Utah, Missouri and Indiana said some hospitals were beginning to be overcrowded. The governors of New Mexico and Kentucky have said they will tighten Covid-19 guidelines.
New cases reached 4,100 in Wisconsin on Friday, a record daily high. The state has built overcrowded hospitals, and the National Guard has additional testing facilities.
Joe Biden currently leads Donald Trump with about seven points in Wisconsin, generally considered a battlefield state. On Saturday, Trump was scheduled to hold a rally in Janesville, about 175 miles from La Crosse, Minnesota, which is the planned location, while local authorities called on the president to move the rally amid many cases.
Biden issued a statement on Trump’s plans.
“Wisconsin is in the hands of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country,” he said. “President Trump is deliberately downplaying the virus. At virtually every turn, he panics and tries to crave it, instead of doing the hard work to control it. ”