Just days after hitting the mark of 100,000 cases in a day in the U.S., COVID-19 topped out at 160,000 on Thursday.
This alarming number has prompted a call from Dr. Anthony Fauci on the country to “double down” on precautions.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years, in reports also noted that Americans have an independent spirit but that there are times when it’s in their best interest to follow the rules.
Public health officials in the United States announced more than 160,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the first day over 150,000 since the pandemic began — an alarming record that came just over a week after the country first experienced 100,000 cases in a single day.
The pandemic is ravaging much of the nation, especially the Midwest, as hospital executives warn of dwindling bed space and as coroners deploy mobile morgues.
More than 100,000 coronavirus cases have been announced nationwide every day since Nov. 4, and six of the last nine days have broken the previous record.
Reports also noted that hospitalizations for Covid-19 set a record on Thursday, climbing to 67,096.
It was the third straight day of record numbers, and the figure has doubled in just five weeks.
Deaths are rising, too, with more than 1,000 on average each day.
Marcia Wright Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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