U.S. witnesses new surge of single-day COVID-19 cases
The United States has seen new surge of single-day COVID-19 cases over the last week, with more than 20 states reporting rise in cases.
The single-day new cases have been increasing last week, and the 7-day average single-day increase kept at over 40,000 since Sept. 19, according to data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On Friday, there were 50,160 new reported cases, which marked the highest single day case number since 50,584 cases were reported on Sept. 25, the CDC data showed.
Only five states -- Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas -- are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared with the week before. Meanwhile, 22 states are heading in the opposite direction, including every state in the Northeast, which for months has avoided a serious resurgence, according to a CNN report.
After a devastating outbreak in the spring, New York had avoided a recurrence of cases throughout the summer, but rise in new cases have led schools in some New York City neighborhoods to re-close beginning Tuesday, less than a week after reopening.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday proposed temporarily closing all schools and nonessential businesses in nine ZIP codes that have seen COVID-19 test positivity rates above 3 percent for at least seven consecutive days.
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Monday that he was "disturbed and concerned" by the number of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed each day.
"I am certainly not pleased (or) satisfied, but I'm actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck at around 40,000 per day," Fauci told CNN. "That's no place to be when you're trying to get your arms around an epidemic and get it to a very low baseline."
Fauci also said he was worried about the coming colder weather in the fall and winter, which will most likely draw people indoors rather than outdoors, presenting a heightened risk of viral transmission.
A recent CDC report said weekly COVID-19 cases among younger adults aged 18-22 years increased 55 percent nationally during Aug. 2 to Sept. 5. Increases were greatest in the Northeast and Midwest.
"Young adults, including those enrolled in colleges and universities, should take precautions, including mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene, and follow local, state, and federal guidance for minimizing the spread of COVID-19," said the CDC. Enditem