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US records highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months

People line up to have swab samples taken for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing center in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, New York, October 6, 2020.

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

The United States has reported 57,420 new cases of coronavirus Friday, the highest daily totals since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

New cases are increasing in 33 states in the South, East and Midwest. Cases continue to rise in the country Great Plains Region, with Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming reaching record levels for average new cases, among other states.

Coronavirus epidemics have increased in the great plains of the country after being largely concentrated first on the east coast and then in the US Sun Belt states. Earlier this week, North Dakota and South Dakota reported more new Covid-19 cases per capita than any other state across the country, while the Wisconsin outbreak showed signs of taking a turn “Disastrous”. Hospitalizations in the state reached record levels on Friday, according to data from Hopkins.

Officials are increasingly concerned about the increase in coronavirus cases across the country as the country enters its fall and winter seasons. Health experts have also warned that the coming flu season could further call into question the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Thursday said he “isn’t comfortable” with the level of coronavirus cases in the United States, noting that it could become more difficult to cope with the virus as people move more and more indoors during the colder months.

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