US reports 99,321 new cases of coronavirus as scientists warn latest wave is just beginning

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The United States reported 99,321 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, breaking its previous record set the day before as the pandemic worsens in almost every corner of the country.“We are at a point where the epidemic is accelerating across the country. We’re just at the start of the steep part of the epidemic curve, ”Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC. “The News with Shepard Smith” Friday night.

“You will see cases start to accelerate in the coming weeks,” he said, predicting that the peak of the country’s recent outbreak will be reached around Thanksgiving. Gottlieb said “December will probably be the toughest month”.

The United States continues its ascent towards what is now the third peak in the pandemic, with cases rising 5% or more in 43 states as of Friday, according to CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University . There are now more than 9 million reported cases of Covid-19 in the United States, which added 1 million more cases in just two weeks, according to Hopkins.

Over the past week, the United States reported an average of around 78,738 new cases each day, the highest seven-day average on record and up almost 25% from a year ago week. The top five daily reported cases were all set in the past eight days, according to data from Hopkins.

As the United States conducts record levels of testing, it cannot fully explain the recent rise in infections, the Adm said on Wednesday. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health who is leading the government’s testing effort, on NBC’s “TODAY”. He added that hospitalizations are also increasing and deaths gradually follow, parameters that generally lag behind the increase in cases.

18 states hit record hospitalization rates based on an average of seven days as of Friday, especially in the West and Midwest – Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio , South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming all hit record highs, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Although some have called the latest spike in the case a “third wave,” White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said in an interview with SiriusXM’s “Doctor Radio Reports” on Friday that the country was still struggling with its original wave of infections.

That’s because the United States, unlike other countries, has never reported on average less than 20,000 daily cases of Covid-19 at any time during the pandemic, he said. As the epidemic that originally struck New York and the Northeast began to decline in the spring, the U.S. Sun Belt states began to report outbreaks of swelling and infections rose again over the course of the year. of summer.

“We never got off the real wave. We kind of went up and down in a wave, ”he said. “When I hear people talking about second and third waves, it’s really the original wave that comes back up, comes down a bit and comes back again. ”

The United States now faces an “extremely high and completely unacceptable” daily number of cases, Fauci said. He previously said in early August that the goal was to bring the daily total below 10,000 by September. Now experts like Gottlieb predict that the United States will report 100,000 new cases in the coming days.

“We are in a precarious position for the next few weeks or months,” Fauci said, urging people to continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing, wash their hands, avoid crowds and to spend time outdoors as much as possible indoors.

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