US records highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months

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People line up to have swab samples taken for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing center in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, New York, October 6, 2020.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

The United States reported 57,420 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily total since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.New cases are increasing in 33 states in the South, East and Midwest. Cases continue to rise in the Great Plains region of the country, with Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming reaching record levels for average new cases, among other states.

Coronavirus outbreaks have increased in the country’s Great Plains after being largely concentrated first on the east coast and then in the U.S. Sun Belt states. Earlier this week, North Dakota and South Dakota reported more new Covid-19 cases per capita than any other state across the country, while the Wisconsin outbreak showed signs of taking a turn “Disastrous”. Hospitalizations in the state hit record highs on Friday, according to data from Hopkins.

Officials are increasingly concerned about the increase in coronavirus cases across the country as the country enters its fall and winter seasons. Health experts have also warned that the coming flu season could further call into question the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said on Thursday he was “uncomfortable” with the level of coronavirus cases in the United States, noting that he could become more difficult to cope with the virus as people move more and more indoors during the colder months.

More than 7.6 million people in the United States have contracted coronavirus during the pandemic, according to Hopkins data. The virus has now killed more than 213,000 people in the United States

– CNBC’s Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.

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