US sets second new record for Covid cases on consecutive days

America recorded 100,000 daily cases for first time on Wednesday

James Crump
Friday 06 November 2020 15:44
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The US has set a new record for daily coronavirus cases, just a day after it surpassed more than 100,000 positive tests for the first time.

On Thursday, the US recorded 121,888 Covid-19 cases, which works out at around 85 cases per minute, according to USA Today.

The new record followed the 102,831 cases in the US on Wednesday, which was the first time the country had recorded more than 100,000 positive tests in a single day.

The tally of around 223,000 cases from Wednesday and Thursday combined brings the number of cases over the last week to at least 660,000, according to CNN.

The US also recorded at least 1,210 deaths on Thursday, making it the third day in a row that there were more than 1,000 coronavirus fatalities in the country.

New Mexico, North Dakota and Tennessee also set new records for daily coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as 38 states recorded an increase in cases over the last week. Alabama and Tennessee are the only two states showing a consistent decrease in recorded cases.

The number of Hospitalizations across the US has also increased, as New Mexico reported a rise of more than 260 per cent over the last month, according to the state’s governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The governor told CNN that the state is “not trending anywhere in the right direction,” and said that she expects general hospital beds to run out “in a matter of days.”

Ms Grisham added that if residents do not follow Covid-19 guidelines, “more drastic decision-making will occur, and we will have a horrible November and a dramatically bad December.”

In response to rising cases in the US, several states have issued warnings to residents to follow Covid-19 guidance, while others have implemented new measures in an attempt to stop further spread of the virus.

Connecticut has issued new capacity limits on restaurants, event spaces, religious ceremonies and private gatherings.

While Maine governor Janet Mills has issued a mask mandate across the whole state, even if people are able to physically distance from others.

Rhode Island has issued an order that comes into effect from Sunday, which recommends that residents stay at home between 10pm and 5am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The state’s governor Gina Raimondo issued the order to stop large gatherings at houses, but said that if they do not stop, “I will be back in two weeks with a shutdown order.”

According to a tracking project hosted by Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 9.6 million people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the US. The death toll has reached at least 234,944.

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