US coronavirus cases break global daily record, and experts warn it will only get worse

According to the Indian Ministry of Health, the number on Friday exceeded India’s previous daily record, which reported 97,894 coronavirus cases in a single day on September 17.

The total number of U.S. Covid-19 cases reached at least 9,055,410, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US reported more than 1,000 additional deaths on Friday. The U.S. death toll from the pandemic rose to 229,818 on Saturday.

On Friday, Iowa reported the highest surge in new cases in a day. That means 31 states had at least one record day of new cases in October, data from Johns Hopkins shows.

According to the Covid Tracking Project, there were 46,688 Covid-19 patients in hospitals on Friday. That’s up 63.2% from a three-month low of 28,608 on September 20, and the highest figure since August 13.

Former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said Saturday the US had a tight window of time before more drastic measures like mandatory lockdowns had to be considered.

“We are seeing Covid-19 hotspots raging across the country and now we have the opportunity to implement targeted measures such as wearing universal masks, such as ensuring that high-risk businesses like bars are closed in certain areas, such as the public about it We should avoid social gatherings of extended families and friends, “she told CNN.

“But if we don’t do these things now, we’re going to overwhelm our health system and a lockdown may be necessary.”

Hospitals could be overwhelmed as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) at the University of Washington, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday.

According to the Covid Tracking Project, 14 states and one U.S. territory reported record hospital stays on Friday. The project reported 46,688 hospitalizations. On October 1, the nation had 30,077.

These states and areas are: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Guam.

University of Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez told ESPN College GameDay on Saturday that 22 people – 12 student athletes and 10 staff – had tested positive for Covid-19.

The school will decide on Tuesday whether the Badgers can play their next scheduled game on November 7 at home against Purdue, Alvarez said.

The number of hospital stays is the best measure of how the nation is doing on the coronavirus pandemic, Murray said. “They are a leading indicator of death.”

But Murray said the U.S. public is not getting the data it needs to understand which hospitals will be most under stress in the future, and urged the government to release more information.

Murray and his colleagues at IHME are responsible for an influential coronavirus model that last predicted 399,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States as of February 1.

“The fall / winter increase is likely to result in a daily death toll that is about three times higher by mid-January than it is now,” said IHME in its latest forecast.

A coronavirus patient tent erected at the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas on Friday.

CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University, told CNN’s Don Lemon Friday that the surge in cases was “terrifying” and the worst was yet to come.

“In a day or two, we’re going to go over six cases for cases in a day. We’re going to see over 100,000 cases in a day. Well, that sounds bad in itself, but two weeks after that we’re going to do it. 2,000 people die every day in this country.” “, he said.

Reiner said the worst scenario could be losing 2,000 to 2,500 patients a day, but Americans have the power to contain the virus.

“We have to mask ourselves and in some places we have to think about smart closures,” he said.

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“Europe closes everywhere – it’s wise when the virus gets out of control. This is how we got control with the first wave. So here’s the choice for the country: if you don’t want to close, then mask. But we can’t both ways. We can’t be a mask and we can’t be a closure, so if the closure is offensive, let’s mask it.

Wen said on Friday that the tests need to be stepped up.

“One person is diagnosed (with) the coronavirus every second today,” she said. “We have an American dying from coronavirus every two minutes and that number is increasing.”

Wen, an emergency doctor, told CNN she was most concerned about the rate of test positive. In some states, one in two people tested is positive.

“That means we’re not doing nearly enough testing and that anyone who tests positive is a canary in a coal mine,” she said. “There will almost certainly be many more, dozens of other cases that we are not discovering, and the escalation will intensify in the coming weeks.”