The US broke another record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, topping 118,000 new infections for the second day in a row with more than 100,000 new cases.
Health officials have warned that the cold and flu season will drive an alarming six-figure number of cases, though numbers have skyrocketed earlier than expected, CNN reported.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released an integrated forecast update on Thursday, estimating a total of 266,000 deaths in the United States by the end of November.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the exact number of cases on Thursday was 118,629.
There were also about 1,187 deaths reported, up almost 20% from the same day last week.
The US states that top the daily case record include Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin, with some states, such as Connecticut, reinstating some restrictions.
In the 10 months since the pandemic broke out, more than 9.6 million people in the United States were infected with coronavirus and more than 234,000 died.
Hospital admissions are also on the rise across the country, with Ohio reporting the highest number of patients in intensive care units (ICU). The state also reported record-setting cases on Thursday, with 4,961 new COVID-19 infections, 2,075 hospitalizations and 571 cases in the ICU.
In Texas, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego ordered the two-week shutdown of unnecessary services last week because more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across the city.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) objected to Samaniego’s lock-in order, filing an injunction to block the judge’s unlawful lockdown order, which was issued before Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order on COVID-19. “
In the eastern regions of the United States, partial restrictions are underway in Massachusetts as Governor Charlie Baker (R) announces a home advice this week that will take effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. .