United States sets daily record with more than 83,000 COVID-19 cases


The United States reports a record number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest worrying sign of the disease’s grip on the country, as states from Connecticut to Rocky Mountain West retreat under the surge.

The impact is being felt in all parts of the country – a lockdown from Friday at the Oglala Sioux tribe reservation in South Dakota, a plea from a Florida health official to stop the holidays children’s birthday parties, dire warnings from the Utah governor and a desperate situation at a hospital in northern Idaho, which lacks patient space and is considering airlifts to Seattle or Portland, Oregon.

“We basically closed an entire floor of our hospital. We had to make double rooms. We bought more hospital beds, ”said Dr Robert Scoggins, pulmonologist at Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d’Alene.

“Our hospital is not built for a pandemic.”

More than 70,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States for the first time in the past three months on Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


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