US reports over 60,590 COVID-19 cases in 1 day, 929 new deaths
Multiple health experts have expressed concern that the worst is yet to come.
COVID-19 cases are rising as the third wave of the coronavirus surges across the nation.
On Tuesday alone, 60,598 new cases were reported in the U.S. and 929 new deaths, according to PEOPLE. Over the past week, the average has been 60,160 new cases per day. The country was reporting a whopping 75,687 new cases daily in July.
There are currently 8,316,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and at least 220,900 COVID-related deaths, according to The New York Times database. Multiple health experts have expressed concern that the worst is yet to come.
“I think that the cases are going up because we’re not really seeing a coordinated response that respects this virus, but also keeps our economy and our populations moving forward,” said Yahoo medical contributor Dr. Dara Kass.
“Things are not looking pretty,” said Dr. Leo Nissola, an immunotherapy scientist at Parker Institute in San Francisco. “The most difficult phase of the epidemic is ahead of us.”
According to reports, new infections are increasing or remain elevated in 41 states, while no state is seeing a steady decline. New cases remain low in seven states: Delaware, Maryland, California, New York, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont.
States reporting high rates of new infections are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
North Dakota has the most coronavirus cases per capita, with 1,000 new infections reported on Tuesday, The Times reports.
“What’s happening in the Upper Midwest is just a harbinger of things to come in the rest of the country,” said infectious-diseases expert Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, also warned on Thursday of an increase in cases as we get closer to winter.
“The issue is that as we enter, as we are now, the cooler season of the fall, and ultimately the coldest season of the winter, you don’t want to be in that compromised position where your baseline daily infection is high, and you’re increasing as opposed to going in the other direction,” Fauci said on Good Morning America. “So we’ve really got to double down on the fundamental public health measures that we talk about every single day, because they can make a difference.”
Over in Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that COVID-19 cases grew by a million in 10 days, bringing the total number to 7 million reported infections.
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