U.S. Sets Another Grim Coronavirus Record
For one day, Nov. 5, the nation reported more than 121,000 COVID-19 infections, surpassing a daily case record it set just 24 hours before. It was the highest single day reporting since the pandemic began. It also marked the third straight day the country has surpassed 100,000 daily coronavirus cases. The number of hospitalized Americans is also climbing, totaling more than 53,000 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Communities in the Midwest have been particularly hard hit, and outbreaks are only worsening.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is warning that social gatherings such as weddings, funerals, and private parties are helping fuel the spread of the virus. To halt community spread, many state leaders are implementing new measures.
Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch warned that coronavirus infections could double over the next month. According to Johns Hopkins data, the U.S. also recorded 1,187 deaths Thursday, a nearly 20 percent jump from the previous week. And an ensemble forecast by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects another 31,000 people could lose their lives over the next two-and-a-half weeks. To date, the U.S. has recorded more than 10 million coronavirus cases and nearly 237,000 deaths, both the most in the world.