US Covid-19 cases reach record high

24 Octobre, 2020, 16:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The total number of novel coronavirus infections mounted to 78,14,682 and the death toll to 1,17,956, with COVID-19 claiming 650 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, showed the ministry data updated on October 24.

"We easily will hit six-figure numbers in terms of the number of cases", Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN Friday night. It just might be time for the country to mandate mask use, Fauci said.

Mask-wearing, which a study has shown could prevent an additional 130,000 deaths if followed widely, has become embroiled in U.S. politics in the run up to the November 3 presidential election.

The trial was paused last month after a volunteer in clinical trials in Britain developed a neurological condition.

"When I look at the attitudes that are out there now about this vaccine, and about who would be interested in taking it - it's really, really troubling", Collins said at a National Press Club virtual event.

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But even if it's approved, it's unclear whether Americans will take it. Collins said he's troubled to see that the percentage of people willing to take the vaccine appears to be failing.

"We are heading into a very substantial fall/winter surge, so the idea that the pandemic is going away. we do not believe is true", said Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Western states including Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming have reported a 200% increase in cases in the past four weeks when compared with the previous four weeks.

In North Carolina, more than 100 cases have been linked to a church convocation even in Charlotte, health officials said Friday. "That we've got increasing amounts of hospital capacity". In Georgia, health officials reported their highest one-day case count Friday since early September. Doctors worry that college students returning home could bring the virus, with large family gatherings for Thanksgiving and other events adding to the spread. Hospitals in states like Missouri and Idaho say they'll soon be facing a crisis if hospitalizations continue to surge.

By public health order, masks are required in 21 counties, said Herbert, urging Utah residents to wear one whenever they are around someone outside their immediate household.


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