The United States recorded over 100,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, marking a new daily record for infections across the country, according to BBC News. There were also more than 1,100 deaths linked to Covid-19 that day, just one day after the 2020 presidential elections. Daily death rates in the U.S. have been rising as well, though they have remained lower than they were at the beginning of the pandemic.
There was also a sharp increase in hospital admissions, which meant that the steeper figures were not just due to a rise in testing. Over 50,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the country, around a 64 percent increase from just a month ago.
The latest numbers were reported by the Covid Tracking Project.
According to a Reuters report, the surge in hospitalizations threatens to push the country’s health care system to the verge of capacity. On Wednesday, North Dakota claimed it had only six intensive care unit beds available for the entire state.
States that reported the highest tally of new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday included Colorado, Maine, Indiana, Idaho, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Washington, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Midwest has been hit the hardest lately, recording the highest numbers of new coronavirus cases per capita.
Total COVID-19 infections in the U.S. have reached nearly 9.5 million with over 233,000 deaths related to the virus — making it the country with both the highest number of cases and the highest death toll in the world.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading epidemiologist and one of the main figures on the White House coronavirus task force, recently said in an interview with The Washington Post that America “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” for the coming fall and winter months, when people will start to gather indoors. The infectious diseases expert said the United States was “in for a whole lot of hurt.”
President Donald Trump responded to Fauci’s comments by suggesting he might fire the scientist if he wins the election, The Inquisitr reported. When a “Fire Fauci” chant broke out at a rally in Florida the night before the elections, Trump responded positively.
“Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election. I appreciate the advice. I appreciate it. Nah, he’s been wrong on a lot. He’s a nice man though. He’s been wrong on a lot.”
The record figures and other coronavirus-related news in the U.S. are currently being overshadowed by the highly-anticipated presidential election results, which have been taking center stage since Tuesday.