The daily increase in coronavirus cases has set new records in six US states and around the world.
Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia all saw a record single-day increase in cases on Friday, according to the NBC News tally.
The World Health Organization announced that 350,766 new infections were reported on Friday, surpassing a record set earlier in the week by nearly 12,000. The new cases include more than 109,000 cases from Europe alone.
In the United States, the governor of Ohio told reporters on Friday that he believes there isn’t a single reason the cases are on the rise, but he believes people are not taking enough precautions against the infection.
“We are fed up with wearing masks, we are fed up with it all, and I get it, but we have to hang in there for our kids. We have to hang in there for ourselves, ”Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said.
“The best way to sum it up, I think, is that people are just not careful,” the governor said. “They live their family life and meet people. “
Ohio set a single-day record of 1,840 new cases and Oklahoma of 1,524.
Missouri has recorded just under 3,000 new cases, according to the NBC News tally. The state also set a new single-day death record of 129.
Cases also rose in West Virginia with 382 new cases on Friday; Montana with 722; and North Dakota with 656, according to the tally.
In Montana, cases have more than doubled in the past two weeks, compared to the previous two weeks. According to Governor Steve Bullock, the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has also increased by 230% in just over two months.
“Disregarding expert advice from state and health officials, as well as appeals from our frontline health workers and neighbors, is leading us down this disturbing path,” he said. he declared in a series of tweets Friday.
“We need to listen to our healthcare workers. The way forward is simple if the Montanans follow the guidelines and restrictions we have in place. It is the path that will save lives and keep our schools, our main street businesses, and our communities open and safe. ”
Coronavirus cases have nearly doubled in two weeks in New Mexico, New Hampshire and Vermont.
New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales has urged residents to continue wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. “New Mexico is not losing all of the good progress we’ve made on COVID-19,” he said. tweeted.
Dr Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the spread of the coronavirus in some areas was due less to people going to public places than to small gatherings.
“What we are seeing is that we let our guard down when we are with people we know,” she said, noting that some people can be infected with the virus and be asymptomatic.
Dr Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, told NBC’s “Nightly News” that he hopes a potential second wave isn’t as bad as what the country saw in the spring.
“Part of the reason is that we have more tests available now and so we can tell when things are starting to pick up and go downhill, and we hope to change our behavior,” he said.