The US confirmed 126,480 new coronavirus infections on Friday, a record number for the third day in a row. At the White House, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is believed to have tested positive for Covid-19.
On Saturday morning, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland brought the total number of US coronavirus infections to 9,731,198, with 235,925 deaths. The seven-day rotating average of new daily cases in the US for the first time reached nearly 100,000, while the seven-day rotating average for daily deaths has increased from 772 on May 23. 10 to 911 on Friday. These numbers are higher in spring and August.
States recording daily record highs on Friday included Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Utah.
News of Meadows’s inspection came a few days after he appeared with Donald Trump at a White House event where many people were not wearing masks. The president himself was previously treated with Covid-19, hospitalized 3 days after attending a White House event at which Covid mitigation measures were not taken.
Trump family members, senior aides and top Republicans all caught the virus after attending events in Washington and on the campaign trail. On Friday, Bloomberg News said many of Trump’s campaign aides also had positive results.
Last weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior US public health expert, posted a dire warning about the coming winter and an ongoing pandemic.
“We are hurting a lot,” Fauci told the Washington Post, angering the White House. “That is not a good situation. All the stars are misaligned as you enter autumn and winter, with everyone gathering at home indoors. You cannot be in a worse position ”.
On Friday, across the US, states released record numbers.
In Illinois, facing 20,000 new cases in two days, governor JB Pritzker said a temporary residence order could be enforced if the spread had not slowed down – just before his office announced that he had committed himself. isolated after third exposure to the virus.
With a record 10,374 new infections reported on Friday and 10,000 deaths this week, Pritzker was asked if he would order people to stay home, at the request of Illinois and many other states in the spring. .
“We are in a terrible situation [but] I don’t consider the broader reduction of being at home… as in something I will do in the next days or a week, ”he said. “But I can’t guarantee you two weeks or three more what it will look like. I just don’t know ”.
Kentucky reported 2,302 new cases and 10 more deaths on Friday. More than 1,000 people were hospitalized. Governor Andy Beshear called on 80 counties to be classified as “red zones” to follow state emergency recommendations. Last week, 68 counties were on the red list.
“I know we’ve been in this fight for so long, so it’s easy to get paralyzed by the dreadful headlines and high profile numbers,” Beshear said. “It is normal. It is human nature. But you must understand that this is the most dangerous Covid-19 ever in the Commonwealth and it is leading to many of our colleagues Kentuck. sick, hospitalized and dead. “
Kansas reported an additional 5,418 new cases within two days when hospitals warned of severe stress. The increase brought the state’s total number of Covid cases to 97,633, a 5.9 percent increase from Wednesday. The state had an additional 79 deaths to bring the total to 1,166. The death toll has more than doubled since mid-September.
Kansas’s head of health, Dr. Lee Norman, said cases are “skyrocketing” because people are spending more time indoors, attending public events and family gatherings. without hard wearing a mask or away from society. He said he worries cases will spike again since Thanksgiving days, while many officials “haven’t done anything” to test the rise.
In Texas, a district judge has accepted an order from El Paso County’s top elected official to close businesses while the region is coping with the alarming rise in cases. The decision from Judge Bill Moody of the 34th district court of El Paso comes as federal medical forces are deployed to the border area, at the request of the state.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego ordered a two-week closure of non-essential activities over the weekend. In making his decision, Moody pointed out that during the Spanish flu pandemic of the early 20th century, city and county officials had the right to react because they “thought it was necessary to protect health and well-being. financial benefits of their individual communities ”.
Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, argued that the Samaniego’s order was illegal because it went against Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to reopen the statewide business. Chris Hilton, an attorney for the Texas attorney general’s office, said the state would appeal Moody’s order.
El Paso joins 10 other Texas cities, including Houston, San Antonio and many communities in the Rio Grande Valley, to receive aid from the Department of Defense at the request of state officials.