Daily coronavirus cases in the United States reach 100,000 for the first time


Medical staff treat a patient with coronavirus disease in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on October 31, 2020.Go Nakamura | Actualités Getty Images | Getty Images

The number of new daily coronavirus cases recorded in the United States has exceeded 100,000 so far, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.Data showed 102,831 new Covid-19 infections were recorded on Wednesday, compared to 91,530 cases on election day.

Data also showed 1,097 deaths were recorded on Wednesday, down from the 1,134 deaths reported the day before. In total, the coronavirus has killed 233,734 people in the United States

The grim daily record comes after data showed a growing number of hospitalizations due to the virus in many states, with the outbreak most pronounced in the Midwest and Southwest.

Missouri, Alaska, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico were among the states that reached record levels in terms of average number of hospitalizations over seven days, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

Officials in Iowa and Missouri have warned that hospital bed capacity may soon be exceeded.

The crisis facing hospitals comes as the United States focuses on political uncertainty after Tuesday’s presidential election. The tally of more than 100,000 daily cases Wednesday beats the previous record of 99,321 cases recorded on Friday.

– CNBC’s Noah Higgins-Dunn and Terri Cullen contributed reporting for this story.


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