The United States reported 99,321 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, beating the previous record set just a day before the pandemic worsened in nearly every corner of the country.
“We’re at a point where the epidemic is on the rise across the country. We are at the very beginning of the slope of the epidemic curve,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. , told CNBC “News with Shepard Smith” on Friday night.
“You will see cases starting to accelerate in the coming weeks,” he said, predicting how much of the country’s recent rise will be around Thanksgiving. “December is probably going to be the toughest month,”; Gottlieb said.
According to CNBC data analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the US is continuing to climb to what is currently the third peak of the pandemic, with cases rising 5% or more in 43 states on Friday. There have been more than 9 million Covid-19 cases reported in the United States now, an increase of 1 million after just two weeks, according to Hopkins.
During the last week, the United States reported an average of 78,738 new cases per day, the highest 7-day average recorded and an increase of nearly 25% from a week ago. According to Hopkins data, the top 5 records in reported daily cases have all been reached within the past 8 days.
Although the US is running record high levels of testing, that does not fully explain the recent rise in infections, Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant Secretary of Health, who spearheaded the government’s testing effort, said Wednesday on NBC’s “TODAY” program. He added that hospital admissions are also on the rise and deaths are on the way, the figures often lag behind mountain-climbing cases.
As of Friday, 18 states had hit record high hospital admissions based on a seven-day average, especially in the West and Midwest – Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio. , South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming all hit records, according to Project Covid Tracking.
Although some call the latest climax in cases the “third wave”, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with “Radio Doctor Report” of SiriusXM aired on Friday that the country was still struggling with the initial wave of infections.
That’s because the United States, unlike other countries, never reported less than 20,000 cases of Covid-19 daily on average at any given point in the pandemic, he said. As the initial outbreak passed through New York and the Northeast began to decline in the spring, the states of the US Solar Belt began to report swollen outbreaks and increased infections again over the summer.
“We never got out of the real wave. We went up and down in a wave,” he said. “When I hear people talking about the second and third wave, it’s really the initial wave that just goes up, goes down a little, then reappears.”
The US is currently facing a “very high and unacceptable number of cases” daily, said Fauci. Before that, he said in early August that the goal was to reduce the daily total to less than 10,000 by September. Now, experts like Gottlieb predict the US will report 100,000 new cases in the coming days.
“We are in a precarious position for the next few weeks to months, at the same time urging people to continue wearing masks, practicing social distance, washing their hands, avoiding crowds, and spending time at the same time,” said Fauci. outdoors indoors as much as possible.