NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several US states, many of them in the Midwest, reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19 infections on Thursday, further proof that the epidemic is rapidly growing anew as many parts of the country The weather is cold. .
Indiana, North Dakota, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio posted daily records on Thursday, according to Reuters analysis, while Florida reported more than 5,500 new cases, its highest one-day increase since August 15 .
Twenty-eight states report their daily record high COVID-19 cases in the month of October.
On Wednesday, the number of coronovirus deaths nationwide reached the highest level in two months. An increase in deaths leads to new infections spread over several weeks.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday formally approved Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral drug remediesvir under an emergency authority to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19. It is the first officially approved drug for the disease in the United States.
Since the epidemic reached the United States earlier this year, the country has lost more than 222,000 lives, one of the world’s highest total as well as per capita mortality rates, particularly among developed nations. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/35hBCSa)
Autumn revival and grim predictions suggest that the cold months will further accelerate the spread and that President Donald Trump will once again have a harsh spotlight on dealing with the epidemic.
Republicans will debate incumbent Democratic challenger Joe Biden for the last time before the November 3 election on Thursday evening. But less than two weeks before the election, Trump’s ostentatious treatment of coronoviruses has dented his re-election prospects, showing Americans losing confidence in his ability to handle the epidemic during elections.
A report released on Wednesday by Columbia University estimated that 130,000 and 210,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States could be avoided, calling the federal government’s response to the epidemic a “massive failure.”
“The weight of this massive failure ultimately falls on the leadership in the White House – and among many state governments – which consistently undermines the efforts of top officials at the CDC and HHS,” the report said. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services.
White House spokesman Jude Deere attributed the epidemic toll on China, where the virus originated, and the World Health Organization – two favorite Trump targets – and said Trump’s actions saved American lives. On the Fox & Friends show last month, Trump said he would give himself an “A +” for his coronovirus response.
With spikes in cases and deaths, the number of COVID-19 patients in US hospitals climbed to a two-month high. According to a Reuters analysis, there are now more than 40,000 hospitalized coronovirus patients nationwide, up 33% since October 1.
In Wisconsin, a COVID-19 hotspot and a decisive battleground that could help decide the presidential election, hospitals were feeling stressed by the increase in cases.
Dr., an emergency physician at the University of Wisconsin Health in Madison. “There is a tremendous amount of patients in our hospitals right now,” said Jeff Pothof. “I think a lot of hospital systems in Wisconsin are feeling really stretched.”
Pothof said some medical facilities are beginning to convert the extra space into areas where coronovirus patients can be treated.
“The good news is that we had a lot of plans,” he said. “This is a link to meeting the need for COVID patients, but potentially not harming patients who do not have COVID because we need to think about postponing their care.”
On top of the health toll, the epidemic has weighed heavily on the finances of millions of Americans, who say they are barely undergoing another round of financial support by Washington.
In Illinois, some residents plan to oppose a new round of COVID-19 restrictions announced this week by Governor J.B. Pritzker. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2SFLb7o)
A petition was filed by the owner of a restaurant in St. Charles, Illinois, to the post governor on change.org, urging businessmen to remain open on Friday when Pritzker’s restrictions apply in some counties, including a ban on indoor food Huh.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a 10 a.m. curfew for bars, restaurants and unprofessional businesses in the city for at least the next two weeks, starting Friday to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The city is on a path to strict restrictions over the holiday season, including another stay-at-home order, Lightfoot said at a news conference, if the spread of the virus is not better controlled.
Reporting by Maria Caspani in New York and Shaina Ahluwalia in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Chathara J in Bengaluru, Jeff Mason in Washington and Nathan Leanne in Wilton, Connecticut and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Bill Burcott