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U.S. sets single-day coronavirus case record, surpasses 100,000 new infections 21 days in a row (updated)

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The United States set a single-day coronavirus case record on Nov. 4, surpassing 100,000 new cases for the first time ever and making it the most coronavirus cases in a day for any country in the world. On Nov. 5, another 116,707 new cases surfaced. And the next day, the U.S. set another record with 125,596 new cases on Nov. 6. By Nov. 11, cases had surpassed 100,000 per day for eight-straight days and a new record of more than 145,000 was established. The next day, the record was shattered again at more than 153,000.

For 21-straight days, the number has topped 100,000, and for the first time ever, the U.S. added more than a million cases per week in back-to-back weeks,

According to the Washington Post, the single-day record of 104,004 cases on Nov. 4 came as the pandemic continued to affect multiple parts of the nation.

“Seven states set records for hospitalizations for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus,” the Post reported. “And Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota saw jumps of more than 45% in their seven-day rolling average of new infections, considered the best measure of the spread of the virus.”

The New York Times, in similar reporting based on its database numbers, noted that coronavirus-related deaths, which typically lag behind case reports, rose 21% across the country during the previous 14 days.

There’s no indication that the new records for most coronavirus cases in a day will be a high-water mark for the pandemic either, especially since new records were previously set on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a Washington Post interview published Oct. 30, expressed concern that case numbers and deaths could further increase as colder weather drives more people indoors.

“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt,” Fauci said bluntly. “It’s not a good situation. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”

“It’s clear we’re heading into a period where we’re going to see increasing hospitalization and deaths in the U.S.,” Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Obama administration, told the Post in its latest coverage. “And it worries me how little we’re doing about it. We know by now how fast this virus can move. You have to get ahead of it.”

The grim 100,000-case milestone comes with some irony. President Trump, who saw the pandemic become a central issue in the still-undecided 2020 election, predicted in the final weeks of campaigning that the coronavirus would cease to be an issue on Nov. 4 (and exit polls showed that COVID-19 wasn’t one of the concerns of people who voted for him anyway).

“That’s all I hear about now,” Trump told a gathering of North Carolina supporters at an Oct. 24 campaign stop, via Newsweek. “That’s all I hear. Turn on television—’COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID.’ A plane goes down. 500 people dead, they don’t talk about it. ‘COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID.’

“By the way, on Nov. 4, you won’t hear about it anymore.”

Sources: New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post [1], [2],


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