US Covid-19 in­fec­tions pass seven mil­lion

Septem­ber cases rise across the coun­try

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

NEW YORK: The num­ber of novel coronaviru­s cases in the United States topped seven mil­lion on Thurs­day — more than 20% of the world’s to­tal — as Mid­west states re­ported spikes in Covid-19 in­fec­tions in Septem­ber.

The lat­est mile­stone comes just days af­ter the na­tion passed 200,000 Covid19 deaths, the world’s high­est death toll from the virus. Each day, more than 700 peo­ple in the US are still dy­ing from Covid-19.

Cal­i­for­nia leads the coun­try with more than 800,000 in­fec­tions, fol­lowed by Texas, Florida and New York.

All Mid­west states ex­cept Ohio re­ported more cases in the past four weeks as com­pared with the pre­vi­ous four weeks, led by South Dakota and North Dakota. South Dakota had the big­gest per­cent­age in­crease at 166% with 8,129 new cases, while North Dakota’s new cases dou­bled to 8,752 as com­pared to 4,243 dur­ing the same time in Au­gust.

Many cases in those two states have been linked to the an­nual mo­tor­cy­cle rally in Stur­gis, South Dakota, that an­nu­ally at­tracts hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to a Reuters anal­y­sis, pos­i­tive cases rose in half of the 50 US states this month and 10 states have re­ported a record one-day in­crease in Covid-19 cases in Septem­ber.

New cases rose last week af­ter fall­ing for eight con­sec­u­tive weeks. Health ex­perts be­lieve this spike was due to re­open­ing schools and uni­ver­si­ties as well as par­ties over the re­cent Labour Day hol­i­day.

A study by re­searchers from the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Greens­boro, In­di­ana Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton and David­son Col­lege said re­cent re­open­ing of col­lege and univer­sity cam­puses for in-per­son in­struc­tion dur­ing late sum­mer could be as­so­ci­ated with more than 3,000 ad­di­tional cases of Covid-19 per day in the United States in re­cent weeks.

US con­firmed cases are the high­est in the world, fol­lowed by In­dia with 5.7 mil­lion cases and Brazil with 4.6 mil­lion.

The coun­try is cur­rently av­er­ag­ing 40,000 new in­fec­tions per day. Top US in­fec­tious dis­ease ex­pert Dr An­thony Fauci has said he would like to see the num­ber to fall be­low 10,000 per day be­fore the flu sea­son starts in Oc­to­ber.

Health of­fi­cials and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have pre­sented dif­fer­ent views about the na­tion’s health cri­sis.

Mr Trump, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion to a sec­ond term on Nov 3, early this month had claimed that the United States was “round­ing the cor­ner” on the cri­sis.

Dr Fauci con­tra­dicted the claim the next day, say­ing the sta­tis­tics were dis­turb­ing.


Alisha Nar­vaez, a man­ager at a fu­neral and cre­ma­tion ser­vice, trans­ports a body to a fu­neral home in the Har­lem neigh­bour­hood of New York City. For many fam­i­lies al­ready in dis­tress, find­ing a fu­neral home in New York that will ac­cept the body of a loved one is a headache.

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