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The other big count: US sees record 1,00,000 cases in a day

The US on Wednesday recorded over 1,00,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began, bursting past a grim threshold even as the wave of infections engulfing the country shows no sign of receding.
The total count of new infections was at least 107,000, according to a New York Times database. Twenty-three states have recorded more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. Five states — Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Nebraska — set single-day case records on Wednesday.
Daily case reports in Minnesota, on average, have increased 102% over that time, and in Indiana 73%. Deaths, which lag behind case reports, have risen 21% across the US in the last two weeks. Hospitals in some areas are feeling the strain. More than 50,000 people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19 across the country, according to Covid Tracking Project, a rise of roughly 64% since the beginning of October.
Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, predicted in June, when cases were averaging roughly 42,000 a day, that the rate would eventually reach 1,00,000 a day if the passndemic was not brought under control. In an interview on Friday, he said: “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt.” He said the country “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” as winter approaches.
Susan Bailey, president of American Medical Association, said, “Regardless of the election outcome, everyone in America needs to buckle down,” she said.

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