The novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. have crossed 8 million on Thursday, increasing by 1 million in less than a month. The surge in cases that have hit the nation is being speculated due to the onset of cold weather.
Colder Temperature might be the Reason
Since the pandemic began, more than 217,000 people have lost their lives in the United States.
On Wednesday, the United States registered 60,000 new infections the highest since August 14, with surging cases in almost every region, with the Midwest recording most cases.
Health experts have been saying for a long time that colder temperatures driving people inside could result in the accentuated spread of the virus. They have not highlighted the reason for the surge but point to loosening with COVID-19 precautions and students getting back to schools and colleges.
According to an analysis by Reuters, 25 states have registered a record amount of cases in October.
All Midwest and Northeast states have registered more cases in the past four weeks as compared to the prior four weeks. The numbers of new cases have doubled in states such as Wisconsin, South Dakota, and New Hampshire.
In the Midwest, daily new cases went up to record heights on Wednesday with over 22,000 new infections. The positive test rate tops 30% in South Dakota and 20% in Idaho and Wisconsin.
Five most affected States!
On Thursday, ten states registered record surges in new cases, consisting of Wisconsin with 4,000 latest cases. “Our numbers are high and they’re growing rapidly,” state Health Secretary-Designate Andrea Palm said in a news conference.
“We have now surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 patients who are in the hospital. In some regions of our state, our ICU beds are 90% or more full. Over the course of the past six weeks, our average daily deaths have more than tripled,” Palm added.
California is still the state with the most total cases. Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia are just behind California. Those five states account for more than 40% of all reported COVID-19 cases in the nation.
In recent weeks, both cases and positive test rates have risen which has resulted in New York City closing businesses and schools in neighborhood hot spots despite protests from a small contingent of Orthodox Jews.
In addition to surging cases, hospitals in various states are straining to handle an influx of patients.
In the Midwest, COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a record high for the tenth day in a row on Wednesday. Nationally, the United States reported nearly 37,000 hospitalizations, the highest since Aug. 28.
Wisconsin, which reported record hospitalization on Wednesday, has opened a field hospital outside of Milwaukee to handle COVID-19 patients.
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