The US states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin have all seen a sharp increase in the number of daily registered cases of infection in the last two weeks. The increase has been more than 25 percent, writes NBC News.
The development is taking place at the same time as the recommendation for the use of face masks has met with strong support among several in the country, and that many of the inhabitants refuse to believe that the coronavirus exists at all. President Donald Trump stated the following after he himself tested positive:
– Do not be afraid of Covid-19, do not let it dominate your life, I feel better than I did 20 years ago.
It did not take long before the statement was the subject of harsh criticism.
Pointing to trend
Like the aforementioned states that have seen a sharp increase in cases of infection in the past two weeks, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming have also seen some of the highest daily recorded cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
– Things will get better, but they will probably get worse first. We see this from the development in recent weeks, says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to NBC News.
Epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, located in the Streeterville area of Chicago in the USA, Dr. Sadiya Khan, points out that the turn of the season has occurred.
– This has been a general trend, and we suspect that it has a lot to do with the cooler weather has come, which leads people indoors where they gather without a mask, she says to the channel.
– It’s quite worrying.
The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) shares the same view, and wrote in a report on 11 September that the risk of a national wave of infections is still low, but that we must plan for a new wave of infections this winter.
The United States is the country in the world hardest hit by the corona pandemic when it comes to the number of deaths. More than 221,000 people have died after being infected by the virus, according to the Worldometers survey.
The number of registered cases of infection is over 8.1 million.