The United States has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus, reaching a devastating milestone on Wednesday, a day after reaching its highest daily toll in more than six months.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, at least 1,707 people died from the coronavirus on Tuesday, while the country has recorded at least 250,548 deaths from the virus since February. In Texas, which has been particularly affected by the virus, mobile refrigerated trucks have been deployed to deal with the rising number of deaths.
The United States also set a record for COVID hospital patients, at 76,830 on Tuesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Health systems in a number of states are overwhelmed by the influx of cases as experts warn a long winter looms. As colder temperatures push Americans indoors, where the virus spreads more easily, experts have warned the number of cases will continue to rise and have warned people against Thanksgiving gatherings next week .
Although Moderna and Pfizer released promising news this week on their respective vaccine candidates, it is likely that most Americans will not be able to receive a vaccine until mid-2021.
According to Johns Hopkins, 47 states had at least ten percent more daily new cases than this time last week.
“Right now, we are in an absolutely dangerous situation that we must take very seriously,” Dr. Brett Giroir, the federal official overseeing coronavirus testing efforts, told MSNBC. “It’s not a crying wolf. This is the worst rate of increase in cases we have seen in the pandemic in the United States. And, at the moment, there is no sign of flattening.
States and cities have placed new restrictions on coronaviruses in an attempt to mitigate the spread, including a statewide curfew in Ohio and a stay-at-home notice in Chicago.
New York, which has seen months of low case counts after being a hotspot in the spring, is also on the rise, which led schools in New York to close again on Thursday after the test infection rate of the city reached 3%. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have recommended a 5% infection rate as the threshold for school closures, Mayor Bill of Blasio set the city’s threshold at 3% after negotiations with the teachers’ unions. .
“The last thing we wanted to see is that the schools are closing,” de Blasio said Wednesday. “But there was a resolution that the game plan, so often, worked to stick to these high standards.
“And that’s why I’m determined to say that to bring the schools back, we can do it – we already did, we will do it again – but we have to adopt even higher standards.”