For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus per day have been reported, setting a new record.
Last week, the highest number of cases was reported, which amounted to 98,583 but that record has been broken with the new statistic revealing that the number of cases per day has reached 104,429.
The United States is also leading worldwide in the number of people that have succumbed to the virus at 235,000 people and 9.49 million infections.
The Associated Press reports that hospitalization numbers have also seen a major spike with Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Indiana, and New Mexico reporting the highest number of hospitalizations.
Many officials from these hospitals have expressed their concerns because at the rate the cases are growing, their capacity will exceed soon.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, 52,049 coronavirus victims are currently hospitalized across the country. This is a whopping 76% increase since last month.
The CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics explained how infection rate, hospitalizations, and mortality are all interlinked. He said that the rapid spread of the virus leads to more hospitalizations and the hospitalization rate is directly linked to the mortality rate and how many people survive the virus.
According to the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, a few states such as Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, and New York have been facing a growth in the number of cases for two consecutive weeks.
South Dakota is reported to have the highest positivity rate with 51%.
When the coronavirus cases were at 42,000 a day, the director for the Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Fauci predicted that they would exceed 100,000 cases if Americans did not follow the SOPs and guidelines laid out by health professionals.
He made this prediction on two different occasions; while testifying in the Senate and during an interview with the Washington Post. Donald Trump has criticized him for this as well as many health professionals appointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who have then been sidelined and ignored by the president.
Health professionals, including, Fauci continue to encourage people through media to follow the SOPs that include wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.