The U.S. hit a record for coronavirus cases on Friday, reporting more than 82,000 new infections amid a surge that has been building over the month of October and could continue to rise.
As The New York Times reported, there were more new cases reported on October 23 than any other individual day since the start of the outbreak in the country more than half a year ago. The number had risen steadily in recent weeks, the report noted, with no signs that it would slow anytime soon.
Friday's record was more than 6,000 higher than the previous one-day mark, set in July amid a summer surge in coronavirus infections.
As The New York Times added, there could be more trouble ahead as experts predict an even sharper increase in the months to come as social distancing becomes more difficult in the winter.