(Reuters) – Coronovirus cases in the United States rose by at least 120,276 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, the second consecutive daily record increase after outbreaks in every region.
US cases have increased by more than 100,000 on three of the past seven days, pressurizing hospitals in several states and causing families to rethink their plans for a Thanksgiving dinner on 26 November.
Twenty of the 50 states recorded a record one-day increase on Thursday. Earlier, most states reported records of new cases in a single day on October 16, according to Reuters data.
While the spread of the virus is widespread, the outbreak is hitting the Midwest particularly hard, on a per capita basis of new cases.
Illinois reported about 10,000 new cases on Thursday and is leading the United States in the most reported cases in the past seven days, with Texas.
Other Midwestern states were Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin, with a record increase in cases on Thursday. Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Kentucky, Oregon, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and West Virginia also set a record for an increase in new infections.
Some cities and states have announced new measures such as curfew or reduced size to combat the spread of the virus, but the United States has not taken any action at the federal level. Seventeen of the 50 states do not require masks.
Many countries in Europe are shutting down high-risk businesses and even ordering national or regional lockdowns in the face of a second wave of viruses.
In addition to increasing cases, US hospitals of COVID-19 patients exceeded 52,500 on Thursday, for the 11th consecutive day and approaching a record 58,370 in July.
North Dakota on Thursday reported only eight free intensive care unit beds across the state. Hospitalization is an important metric because they are not affected by the amount of testing.
Coronovirus deaths are increasing, but not at the same rate in cases. The United States has averaged 850 deaths from 700 a month earlier.
In recent times, six states have recorded the highest one-day increase in epidemic deaths: Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The epidemic has affected almost every aspect of American life, including mailing a record number of voters to their ballots in Tuesday’s elections.
Reporting of Lisa Shumaker in Chicago and Anurag Mann in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Otis, Grant McCool and Jane Wardell