The U.S. is reporting at least 122,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. The highest one-day total since the pandemic began.
There have been at least 122,365 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. for Friday alone, according to a tally by NBC News.
The figure eclipses yesterday’s previous single-day record of 121,289 cases.
It is now the third day in a row that new reported cases have soared past 100,000 in a single day.
Before that, the previous record was set on October 30, with just over 99,000 new cases.
There were also more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths for the fourth straight day, a first since August. 1,211 deaths were recorded on Friday.
The number of people being admitted to hospital along with the overall number of cases has surged across much of the country, with the Midwest and Southwest now being hit hardest.
However, unlike previous surges of the virus in the US, the current increase is not concentrated in a single region.
In recent weeks, there have been surges in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Minnesota.
Increases have also been seen on the East Coast, in Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Just two states, Tennessee and Alabama, have seen a drop in cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Doctors and officials are warning people that hospitals risk being quickly overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
As infection rates rise, hospitalizations and deaths have also slowly begun to increase.
Around 53,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday.
The number of fatalities across the country was over 1,000 for the third day in a row, with 1,210 deaths on Thursday.
Public health experts had said there was likely to be a surge in cases as the weather begins to cool.
The president has insisted the country is ‘absolutely rounding the turn’ with the virus, but the White House coronavirus taskforce states the opposite.
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Source: Daily Mail