United States COVID-19 Cases Rise by 83,000, Shattering Previous Record
The United States is barrelling toward a potentially catastrophic winter with more than 83,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday, the largest single-day spike since the pandemic began.
The latest grim figures come from the COVID Tracking Project.
The previous peak of 75,867 occurred on July 16, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
This indicates, as experts have warned, that the US is likely experiencing a third wave of infections, which has the potential to be exacerbated as people hunker down in close-quarters for the winter.
The figures also run in direct contrast to claims made by President Donald Trump, who during the final presidential debate Thursday night declared that the country is “rounding the corner” and that the virus is under control.
At least 8.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since the outbreak started earlier this year. Many states (nearly all of which have Republican governors) have flouted basic measures to slow the spread, such as mandating masks, enforcing social distancing guidelines, and reopening businesses to full capacity.
“The latest surge is raging most acutely in the Midwest and Mountain West. But even the Northeast, which was ravaged by the virus in the spring and later lauded as a model of infection control, is losing ground to the virus,” The New York Times noted on Friday.
“North Dakota leads the nation in coronavirus cases per capita. Illinois is averaging more than 4,100 new cases per day, up 85 percent from the average two weeks ago. And Pennsylvania is regularly seeing single-day case counts near those set in the earliest days of the pandemic, on Thursday the state reached a new record of 2,054 cases,” the Times wrote.
With 225,000 American lives already lost, experts are warning that casualties could double in the coming months if proper precautions are not strictly enforced.