US records highest ever number of coronavirus cases with 100,000 new infections

The United States has recorded its highest ever daily Covid-19 figures, with 100,000 new cases.

The figure, reported by the Covid Tracking Project, came as the country announced more than 1,100 deaths linked to coronavirus.

The deaths, overshadowed by the election count, came with a steep rise in hospital admissions – suggesting that it is not solely due to increased testing.

More than 50,000 people across the US are currently in hospital with coronavirus – an increase of about 64 per cent from early October.

Deaths related to the coronavirus, which lag behind case reports, have increased 21 percent across the country in the last two weeks.

North and South Dakota and Wisconsin have led the country for weeks in the number of new cases relative to their population. But other states have seen steep recent increases in the last 14 days.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, predicted in June, when new cases were averaging roughly 42,000 a day, that the rate would eventually reach 100,000 a day if the pandemic were not brought under control.

Dr Anthony Fauci attracted criticism from the Trump administration for making the grim prediction

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His blunt criticisms of the handling of the virus lead to Donald Trump branding him alarmist.

“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt,” Dr Fauci told the Washington Post on Friday as he warned again that infections would hit 100,000.

Dr. Fauci added that the country “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” as winter approaches and colder temperatures lead people to gather indoors.

A further 492 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the UK yesterday, with experts warning the trend in deaths will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

Wednesday’s figure was the highest daily total since May 19, when 500 deaths in the past 24 hours were reported. It brings the UK total to 47,742.

It includes a 13-year-old who is among the further 302 people who have died in hospital in England . He is among the youngest people in the UK to have died with Covid-19.

The increase in the number of people to have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive in was up from 397 on Tuesday.

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