For the first time since the pandemic began the United States has recorded around 102,831 new cases of the coronavirus in a day on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This increase in the number of cases doesn’t come as a surprise for the health experts who projected the winter surge that will continue to get worse before getting better.
The US top disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned some days ago that the country should be prepared for a whole lot of hurt. He predicted that during the winter the new daily cases of the coronavirus will reach 100,000 or more. This Wednesday Dr. Fauci’s predictions were met as the country crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 cases in a day and 1,116 deaths.
Previously, the highest number of cases of coronavirus was reported on the 30th of October in the country and was nearly 99,321. Now the whole country is seeing a spike in the number of infections even the states which were once protected from the worst of the pandemic.
From Ohio to Dakota, a spike in the cases of coronavirus is being seen with an unprecedented increase in the hospitalizations as well in recent days, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee have also broken their records of the number of hospitalizations. The surge in the cases comes days after President Donald Trump in the last days of his campaign insisted without any evidence that the country has turned a corner on the pandemic. Moreover, he also accused the media of exaggerating the pandemic so that his reelection chances are damaged.
More than 9.4 million people in the US have already been infected by the virus and more than 233,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins. And with each passing day, many states across the US are continuing to report alarming trends. Not less than 36 states in the country are reporting more cases of the coronavirus as compared to last week.
Health officials in Oregon reported around 597 new cases of the virus on Wednesday and it is the sixth time this week that the new cases in the state have reached more than 500. The single-day record of the state was 600 cases and was reached on the 30th of October. Moreover, Wisconsin also broke its daily record of new cases on Wednesday by reporting more than 5,930 new cases. Illinois and Ohio also recorded their 2nd highest number of cases in a day.
Public health officials are urging the citizens to follow the safety precautions of the virus that have been so far the only way which has proven effective in controlling the spread of the virus and include wearing face masks, follow social distancing, and washing hands frequently. However, the health officials are worried that things could get worse in the coming weeks as the Thanksgiving holiday is now approaching and is just weeks away. They fear that the people of America will risk the safety of them and their loved ones by opting to gather with friends and family, which may make the situation worse than it already is.