The region hardest hit in the latest peak continued to be the Midwest, where some of the major presidential campaign battlefield states saw record one-day increases in new infections on Friday. These jumps pushed the national tally to 83,010 new cases, according to the Covid Tracking Project, a record increase of one day.
Ohio, where President Donald Trump clings to a narrow lead in opinion polls, recorded its worst daily increase in new Covid-19 cases on Friday for the third day in a row, while Pennsylvania, a state considered essential for the president’s re-election prospects, also yielding a one-day recording.
Wisconsin, another key swing state where Democrat Joe Biden widened his lead, recorded its second-highest daily jump. Other states in the region that saw equal or near record daily increases on Friday were Illinois, Indiana and South Dakota.
During the week, the United States recorded 441,541 new cases, the largest increase in seven days since the end of July.
Mr. Biden has used the new outbreak to attack Mr. Trump’s handling of the pandemic during the election campaign. A day after warning of a ‘dark winter’ during a nationwide televised debate, Mr Biden gave a speech accusing the president of ‘committing the offense for the virus’ by downplaying the need for masks or social distancing measures.
” How many people . . . will end up suffering because his loved one listened to the president? asked Mr. Biden. “The more Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he becomes.”
Mr. Trump continued to present a more optimistic picture, attacking Mr. Biden for failing to give the American people hope the pandemic would end.
“He’s trying to scare people, basically,” Trump said at a rally in central Florida. “We are not entering a dark winter. We enter the last bend and approach the traffic light at the end of the tunnel.
Much like previous coronavirus outbreaks, the recent spike in cases is leading to an increase in hospitalizations, with several regions reporting strains in their health systems. There are more than 41,000 people across the country currently in hospitals with coronavirus, the highest level in two months. Over the past week, 15 states reported their highest level of hospitalizations from the pandemic.
In Texas, state health officials reported on Friday that the number of people being treated for coronavirus in hospital exceeded 5,000 for the first time in two months. The number of hospitalizations in New York surpassed 1,000 for the first time since late June.
Increases in states like New York and Texas, both of which suffered in the first waves of the pandemic, are among the signs that the new peak, though centered in the Midwest and North, is starting to take hold. regions of the country. California, a victim of the summer peak, reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases on Friday in two months.