Dec, 4th 2020 – The United States has recorded the highest number of covid-19 infections with over 100,000 people hospitalized for the first time. New cases rose by a record 195,695 on Wednesday and the daily death toll of 2,733 was close to a new high. The state is currently closing in on 14 million nationwide infections with more than 264,000 deaths.
According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the number of deaths recorded on Wednesday, nearly the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The previous high number was 2,607 deaths recorded on 15 April at the beginning of the pandemic.
Across the US, the surge swamped hospitals leaving nurses and other healthcare workers shorthanded and burned out. Head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield said, “The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they are going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”
Dr. Redfield said that about 90 percent of hospitals in the country have been stretched to capacity. He said, “We are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our healthcare system.”
US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Biden believes there would be a “significant reduction” in Covid-19 cases if every American wore a face covering.Biden also said he would order masks to be worn in all government buildings.
The US has recorded 14 million cases and 275,000 deaths from Covid-19.