The United States saw three consecutive, record-setting days of new coronavirus cases, while the total number of deaths has now exceeded 230,000, as a COVID-19 surge continues to sweep the nation.
The United States has just experienced three straight days of record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases.
On Friday, the US reached a new record high of 83,757 people testing positive for COVID-19, topping the previous record set on Thursday of 77,640. On Saturday, 83,718 Americans tested positive. The number dipped on Sunday to 60,889 cases, not record-setting, but still a concerning number, the New York Post reported.
On Saturday, the rolling seven-day average rate was 6.1 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. The average climbed slightly from Friday’s number of 5.8 percent. The numbers are still markedly lower than the daily highs the US saw in April, which exceeded 22 percent.
As of early Monday morning, the total number of deaths in the United States was 230,510 with 8,889,577 total cases overall since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to the latest figures from worldometers.info.
The United States isn’t alone in battling a resurgence of COVID-19. On Sunday, thousands of new cases were reported in a variety of countries, including: France 52,010, India 45,158, Italy 21,273, the UK 19,790, Belgium 17,709, Russia 16,710, Brazil 12,904, Poland 11,742 and the Netherlands 10,202, to name a few, according to worldometers.info.
Countries reporting the highest numbers of death on Sunday were: India 463, USA 442, Mexico 431, Iran 296, Argentina 283, Brazil 237, and Russia 229, among others, according to worldometers.info.
With cases surging in El Paso, Texas, which is leaving hospitals and ICUs operating at full capacity, as well as diminishing morgue space, area officials have been forced to find solutions.
El Paso County has enacted a curfew that went into effect on Sunday in an effort to try to curb the spread of COVID-19, CNN reported.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued the curfew, which runs from 10 p.m. to 5 AM, for the next two weeks.
“The purpose of the curfew is to limit mobility in the community,” Judge Samaniego said during a virtual press conference on Sunday night.
“Currently our hospitals are stretched to capacity,” the judge explained, adding that the positivity rate and hospitalizations have exploded in recent weeks.
El Paso has seen a 160 percent increase in positivity rate since October 1 and a 300 percent increase in hospitalizations, the judge said.