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- The New York Times writes the nation reported 36,880 new cases Wednesday, surpassing the previous daily record of 36,739 cases set on April 24.
- A surge in COVID-19 cases in southern and western states is threatening to wipe out two months of progress as cases have been declining in early hot spots.
- Florida and Texas Wednesday reported more than 5,000 new cases the prior day, a new daily record for both states. Meanwhile, California set its own record, reporting more than 7,000 cases in a single day.
The United States on Wednesday set a new single-day record for coronavirus cases, according to the New York Times.
The Times writes the nation reported 36,880 new cases Wednesday, surpassing the previous daily record of 36,739 cases set on April 24.
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A surge in COVID-19 cases in southern and western states is threatening to wipe out two months of progress in the U.S., as newly confirmed infections have been falling steadily in early hot spots such as New York and New Jersey.
Florida and Texas Wednesday reported more than 5,000 new cases the prior day, a new daily record for both states. Meanwhile, California set its own record, reporting more than 7,000 cases in a single day. Cases have been increasing in more than 20 states.
Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada and Oklahoma also set single-day records this week, while some states, such as North Carolina and South Carolina, also broke hospitalization records.
“People got complacent,” Marc Bloom, CEO of the Houston Methodist hospital system, said, AP reports. “And it’s coming back and biting us, quite frankly.”
The increasing number of cases is the result of worsening conditions across the country as states continue to move forward with easing measures meant to try to curb the spread, as well as an increase in testing. But the rise in hospitalizations in many states shows the rate of transmission is increasing.
“It’s not just an increase in the number of cases, it’s the slope, the way it’s accelerating, it’s almost vertical. This is what we call an exponential rise, meaning it’s been flat for a while but now it’s going up almost vertically,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, said Wednesday, describing the situation in Texas.
“The numbers are quite concerning in terms of the number of cases, but in some ways that’s the least of it because our hospitalizations are going up dramatically,” he added.
The prominent Texas doctor warned that intensive care units (ICU) in the Texas Medical Center, which includes 60 institutions, could fill up over the next two weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said it estimates there may be up to 150,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. by July 19, while the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects nearly 180,000 deaths by Oct. 1. The prediction, however, says that number could drop to 147,000 if 95 percent of Americans wore masks.
As of Wednesday, 2.3 million Americans have been infected with more than 121,000 deaths.
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