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U.S. experiences highest variety of new coronavirus case since late July as complete climbs above 8 million

Melissa Leaston Director of nursing at Whittier Road Well being Middle swabs Steve Rose of Boston at a COVID testing website in Nubian Sq. on October 15, 2020 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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The US reported greater than 69,000 new coronavirus instances on Friday, the very best every day depend the nation has reported since late July.

The U.S. has now reported greater than 8 million Covid-19 instances and at the very least 218,600 deaths because the starting of the pandemic, in keeping with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College.

The surge in coronavirus instances comes as infectious disease experts warn the U.S. might face a “substantial third wave” of infections that will likely be additional sophisticated this winter by the unfold of seasonal influenza, which causes many related signs to that of the coronavirus.

As colder temperatures arrive within the Northern Hemisphere, extra individuals will spend time indoors and certain fail to observe public well being steerage, which creates a better danger for the cornoavirus’ unfold in contrast with out of doors actions, Dr. William Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt College, mentioned.

The U.S. is averaging roughly 55,000 new coronavirus instances each day, based mostly on a weekly common to easy out the reporting, a greater than 16% improve in contrast with every week in the past, in keeping with a CNBC evaluation of Johns Hopkins knowledge. New instances had been rising by 5% or extra in 38 states because the variety of infections within the Midwest continues to surge.

“We have to pay extra consideration to this. We appear to neglect that we’re making progress, we’re doing higher, after which we form of let go and we return once more,” Dr. Carlos del Rio, a professor on the Emory College Faculty of Medication who makes a speciality of infectious illnesses, informed CNBC on Friday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main infectious illness skilled, has warned for weeks that the every day variety of new instances has remained “unacceptably high” heading into the tip of the yr. Nevertheless, it is not too late to “vigorously apply” advisable public health measures, reminiscent of sporting a masks and sustaining a bodily distance from others, Fauci informed Johns Hopkins College on Thursday.

When the U.S. descended from its first peak in April, the variety of new coronavirus instances “bought caught” round 20,000 per day, Fauci mentioned. Ideally, the U.S. would’ve reported lower than 10,000 instances each day, he mentioned.

Then instances resurged. The variety of every day new Covid-19 instances swelled to a excessive of almost 70,000 instances a day earlier than subsiding as soon as once more. Nevertheless, new instances have since hovered between 40,000 to 50,000 instances a day.

“You may’t enter into the cool months of the autumn and the chilly months of the winter with a excessive group an infection baseline,” Fauci mentioned. He added that the positivity fee, or the share of assessments which are optimistic, is “going within the incorrect path” in additional than 30 states.

— CNBC’s Will Feuer and Nate Rattner contributed to this report.

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