(Reuters) – Coronavirus infections in the United States rose by at least 120,276 on Thursday, according to Reuters statistics, the second consecutive daily record increase when an outbreak broke out in every region.
US cases have increased by more than 100,000 cases in three of the past seven days, putting pressure on hospitals in some states and prompting families to rethink plans for a Thanksgiving dinner on the day. November 26.
20 of the 50 states reported record gains in one day on Thursday. Previously, the most states that reported records of new cases in one day was 16 on October 30, according to Reuters data.
While the spread of the virus is widespread, the outbreak is particularly severe in the Midwest, based on new daily cases per capita.
Illinois reported nearly 10,000 new cases on Thursday, and together with Texas are leading the United States in the most reported cases in the past seven days.
Other Midwest states with record increases on Thursday were Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Kentucky, Oregon, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and West Virginia also set records for the number of new infections increased.
Several cities and states have announced new measures such as curfew or downsizing to combat the spread of the virus, but the United States has not taken any action at the federal level. 17 out of 50 states do not require masks.
Many countries in Europe are shutting down high-risk businesses and even ordering national or regional shutdowns in the face of the second wave of the virus.
In addition to the increased cases, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the United States rose to more than 52,500 on Thursday, up for the 11th day in a row and closer to the record 58,370 set in July.
North Dakota said there were only eight beds in free intensive care rooms across the state on Thursday. Hospitalization is an important metric because they are unaffected by the number of tests done.
Mortality from coronavirus tends to be higher, but not in the same incidence of cases. The US averages 850 deaths per day, up from 700 a month ago.
In recent days, six states have reported the highest one-day increases in pandemic deaths: Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The pandemic affected almost every aspect of American life, including a record number of voters mailing in their ballots in Tuesday’s election.
Report by Lisa Shumaker from Chicago and Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Edited by Jonathan Oatis, Grant McCool and Jane Wardell