Nine Midwestern states, including Michigan and North Carolina, reported record increases in new infections in just one day
10/15/2020 – 21h35
The cases of new coronavirus in the United States they exceeded 8 million on Thursday, increasing by 1 million in less than a month, at the moment when a new wave of cases hits the country with the arrival of the colder climate.
Since the pandemic began, more than 217,000 people have died from covid-19 in the United States.
The United States registered 60,000 new infections on Wednesday, the highest daily number since August 14, with an increase in cases in all regions, especially in the Midwest.
Health experts have long warned that lower temperatures that cause people to stay indoors for longer can increase the spread of the virus.
US officials have not identified the reason for the recent increase in cases, but point to tiredness with the covid-19 precautionary measures and the return of students to schools and colleges.
According to an analysis by Reuters, 25 states have already set records for an increase in new cases in October.
High in the Midwest
All states in the Midwest and Northeast reported more cases in the past four weeks than in the previous four weeks, with the number of new cases doubling in states like Wisconsin, South Dakota and New Hampshire.
In Wisconsin, new cases increased by 3,747 on Thursday, a new daily record. “Our numbers are high and growing rapidly,” said Wisconsin Health Secretary, designated by Andrea Palm, at a news conference.
In some regions, 90% of beds in state hospital intensive care units were in use. “We know this is going to get worse before it gets better,” she said.
A field hospital opened in a suburb of Milwaukee in case the number of patients with coronavirus overwhelming medical facilities has yet to receive any patients, she said. Organized rows of makeshift cubicles involving beds and medical supplies have occupied the fairgrounds at West Allis, home to the Wisconsin State Fair since the late 19th century.
Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, struck a decision by a Wisconsin judge to temporarily block his order by limiting the length of internal meetings in bars, restaurants and other businesses. Evers said his government will challenge the judge’s decision, announced on Wednesday.
“We are at a critical point in the battle against this virus,” said Evers on Thursday. “And just because some people want to see bars and hospitals full, it doesn’t mean that we have to follow their example.”
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