US records more than 65,000 cases of Covid-19 in one day, new record of infections

The United States recorded a new record for coronavirus infections in one day this Thursday, with more than 65,500 new cases in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The total number of registered cases of covid-19 in the country since the start of the pandemic exceeds 3.11 million and the previous record dates to Tuesday, with more than 60,200 cases.

Concern about the spread of the virus continues to grow in the country, which in recent weeks has experienced an outbreak of infections in the south and west of the country and remains by far the most affected country in absolute terms.

President Donald Trump tweeted about these records last Thursday: “For the 1 / 100th time, the reason we show so many cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better.”

The provisional balance of deaths -133, 106- has already exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 dead, although in his latest calculations he already predicted up to 110,000 dead, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington, in whose models of prediction of the evolution of the pandemic the White House often sets, calculates that the United States will arrive in October with about 185,000 dead.

“We are in a very difficult situation,” said infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, White House adviser on the coronavirus crisis.

The reopening of the country took place “skipping all the recommended steps. It is not the correct way to do it, we need to rethink it and do it differently,” the expert criticized during a teleconference organized by the political journalism outlet The Hill.

“The states must return to the quarantine process,” he added, although he clarified that he does not believe it necessary “to return to a total closure.” He specified that the states in which the pandemic is accelerating, such as California, Arizona, Texas or Florida – responsible for the 50 percent of new infections – they would have to close bars and their citizens avoid large gatherings.

“We have to make them do very fundamental things,” he said. “Close bars, avoid congregations of large numbers of people, make the citizens of those states wear face masks or maintain a distance of two meters,” he added.

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