The US has again recorded a record number of coronavirus cases for the third day in a row, with more than 63,000 new infections in one day.
This breaks the previous record set at over 62,000 on Wednesday and brings the total number of cases to over 3.1 million.
So far, more than 133,000 Americans have died since the pandemic began, with 990 deaths on Thursday, the second highest ever.
Deaths were declining earlier, even as the number of infections increased across the country, but lately they’re starting to catch up.
On Thursday, Florida reported 120 coronavirus-related deaths, most since the pandemic started. Texas deaths also surpassed 100.
Hospital admissions have also skyrocketed in multiple states with intensive care beds at or near capacity, leaving doctors and nurses stressed and overwhelmed.
For the second consecutive day, the US has recorded a record number of coronavirus cases with more than 62,000 new infections reported in one day (above)
“We are currently in a very difficult, challenging period,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease experts in the US, Thursday at a conference call hosted by The Hill.
When the country opened up again, many states “jumped over the measure,” Fauci said, referring to indicators of a slower infection rate that states need to gradually lift the blockages.
“I would think we should have the states pause in their opening process,” he said, adding, “I don’t think we should go back to an extreme shutdown.”
President Donald Trump has openly said he disagrees with Fauci and has continued to downplay the spike in cases.
“For the 1 / 100th time, we are showing so many Cases, compared to other countries that have not done nearly as well as we do, because our TESTING is much bigger and better,” he tweeted Thursday.
“We tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, the cases would be half, etc. “
On Thursday, Florida recorded 8,936 cases (left) and 120 (right), the latter being a record high for the Sunshine State, with a total of over 232,000 infections and over 4,000 deaths
Despite Florida having the fourth highest number of cases in the country, Gov Ron DeSantis has opposed the restoration of lockdown measures and said he does not believe that mandating masks will help reduce the spread of the virus
The Florida Department of Health reported 120 deaths on Thursday, the highest one-day jump since the pandemic began in March.
In addition, the Sunshine State registered 8,936 cases, bringing the total to 232,718, the fourth highest in the country.
In Miami-Dade County, the local health department reported a positivity rate of 33.5 percent, believed to be the highest in the state.
Despite a record number of cases and deaths, Gov Ron DeSantis said he believes Florida has “ stabilized, ” but admitted he would have liked the cases and deaths to go back to May and June.
However, DeSantis has opposed the restoration of lockdown measures and said he does not believe that mandating masks will help reduce the spread of the virus.
He also echoed President Trump’s remarks that the rise of COVID-19 in the United States is the result of more testing than wider spread.
“There have been far more infections than documented cases,” DeSantis said Monday. “But it’s not really proof that it’s more common.”
A total of 9,689 patients were hospitalized in Texas after they tested positive for the virus, an increase of 0.82% from the previous record set on Wednesday (above)
In Un Louisiana, after bottoming out at 542 patients on June 13, the state recovered and now reports 1,042 hospitalizations, the highest since May 15 (above)
Meanwhile, Texas set multiple coronavirus records with top officials warning that the worst is yet to come.
The Houston Chronicle reports that 9,689 patients have been hospitalized after a positive test for the virus, an increase of 0.82 percent from the previous record set on Wednesday.
Currently, 953 ICU beds are available in the state, which is the first time as of March 13, Texas has fewer than 1,000 available ICU beds.
Another record set on Thursday was the number of tests that came back positive in the past seven days, or 15.6 percent.
“The numbers will look worse if we go in next week,” Gov Greg Abbott told the local station KRIV-TV in Houston on Thursday.
In stark contrast from the beginning of the pandemic, in which he was resistant to wearing masks, Abbott now begged people to wear them.
Abbott said he understands that the facial covers may be uncomfortable, but that’s “the only strategy we have left to prevent our economy from stalling again.”
“The last thing we want to do is shut things down again,” he told KRIV-TV.
Hospitals in several states are starting to feel the tension as their beds fill and staff become overwhelmed.
Three states, Arizona, Arkansas, and California, all reported record one-day highs in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
And in Louisiana, after bottoming out at 542 patients on June 13, the state recovered and is now reporting 1,042 hospitalizations in which 110 of those patients required respirators.
That is the highest level in the state since the reopening of Phase 1 started on May 15.
On Wednesday, Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said the state was “going the wrong way” and had almost erased almost all the gains it had made against the virus in three weeks.
In Florida almost half of the state’s intensive care units are 90 percent fulll, while at least 20 percent has reached its capacity, according to state data.
According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, 95 hospital ICUs were at least 90 percent full on Thursday, while 45 hospital ICUs were full.
At least 46 others had only one bed available.
“Three months ago, everyone joined a common goal of smoothing the curve, which was achieved temporarily,” said Larry Antonucci, CEO of the Lee Health hospital system in Southwest Florida, USA TODAY.
“The curve is no longer flat. Instead we have a peak in cases and the peak is growing fast. ‘