New reports show that the United States has set a new record on Sunday regarding coronavirus cases. The country reported its highest seven-day average of coronavirus cases, since the pandemic started earlier this year.
The COVID-19 Tracking Project showed that the country had 68,954 average new cases per day over a seven-day period. The previous record high seven-day average was reported at 66,844 on July 23. According to all this data, the country has surpassed the July peak of coronavirus cases.
🚨BREAKING: the US has set a new record for new #coronavirus cases averaged over a 7-day period of 68,954 cases—shattering the previous high of 66,844 set on July 23.
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) October 25, 2020
Experts are worried that that as the weather becomes more colder over the winter, humidity decreases, and crowds move indoors, the rate of this spread will increase even more.
Previously on Friday, the country also reported its highest one-day new coronavirus cases at more than 83,000. The new spike in coronavirus cases is being downplayed by US president Donald Trump as election near on November 3rd.
According to trump, the rise in cases is due to the increased testing. “Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!”
The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
Experts on the other hand do not agree with the President. Many public health experts are of the opinion that increased testing alone can not be responsible for such a huge spike in numbers.
A proof of this is the fact that the number of hospitalizations is also rising. This means that the increasing number of cases cannot only be the result of testing. There are more than 41,000 people hospitalized with coronavirus, up from around 30,000 at the end of September.
Another indicator for number of coronavirus cases is also the percentages of test coming back positive. The positive test rates are also increasing at about 6 percent right now. The number is climbing even more according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Even the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows also said on Sunday that Trump Administration is not even trying to get the pandemic under control.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US is "not going to control" the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across the country and nearly 225,000 Americans have died from the virus. https://t.co/HioQrwMddO
— CNN International (@cnni) October 25, 2020
“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” he said. “We are gonna control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”
This was met with widespread criticism as no vaccine is available yet and no treatment of coronavirus has been approved that can increase the odds of living in coronavirus patients. The only treatment approved as of yet, remdesivir only decrease the number of days spent in a hospital in severely ill patients.
By summer I knew White House never intended to contain COVID19 in America. It would have required fed govt to take control of response, exert leadership. When they rebuffed my Oct 1 plan in July instead launched disinformation campaign, our fate was sealed https://t.co/EbNu29kp6U
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) October 25, 2020
Reports are also coming out that hospitals are in danger of becoming overwhelmed in areas such as Utah and Wisconsin.
WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also told a virtual World Health Summit recently that the northern hemisphere faces a “dangerous moment” amid a surge of new Covid-19 cases.
Very glad to join President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, @vonderleyen, @antonioguterres, Paul Hudson, @Winnie_Byanyima & Nanette Cocero at the @WorldHealthSmt opening. Working together in solidarity, we can save lives, stabilize health systems & drive a global recovery. #WHS2020 https://t.co/1RKtCuU60i
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 25, 2020
He explained that outbreaks of the coronavirus infections are rising around the world as governments are lifting economic and social restrictions too soon. He added that the fundamental public health measures like testing, isolating and contact tracing work and should be adopted by health policy agencies in each country. Even China reported its highest number of asymptomatic cases of coronavirus just today.