US Sees 1 Million New Coronavirus Cases in Only 5 Days

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The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the US is nearing 200,000, with 1 million new cases being recorded in only five days and fear is rising that a critical shortage of hospital beds and staff is looming.

US: 1 million new coronavirus cases in 5 days

In only 5 days, the US saw 1 million new cases of COVID-19 recorded. On Sunday, the US recorded 218,576 new cases and 2,918 new deaths, according to worldometers.info.

On Saturday, the US saw 206,073 new cases in 2873 deaths. As of 8 AM ET on Monday, the US had already recorded 80,612 new cases and 963 new deaths.

US hospitalizations soaring

As of Sunday,  December 6, 101,487 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19. The number of coronavirus cases are rising in 31 states and hospitalizations are rising in 35 states over the past fourteen days, according to COVIDtracking.com. Accordingly, the number of deaths is also rising in 35 states.

California is leading in the highest number of daily cases, with 30,075 reported on Sunday, Texas is second, followed by Arizona. California is also leaving in the number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients with 10,624 as of Sunday, followed by Texas and Arizona.

Beds and staff near the breaking point

The biggest concern is that the number of coronavirus cases will outpace hospital capacity.

Some hospitals are being pushed close to the breaking point, and concern is that, and certain hotspots around the country, facilities there will be a critical shortage of patient beds and staff.

What’s driving the surge?

According to experts a combination of “behavior and cold-weather” are behind the rapidly increasing spike in new coronavirus cases.

“People are going indoors, they’re not minding the three W’s,” Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary, said during an interview with Fox on Sunday. “Our advice is always the same. Wash your hands, watch your distance, wear face coverings.”

White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx expressed frustration during an interview with NBC on Sunday, the Daily Mail reported.

“Right now, across the Sunbelt, we have governors and mayors who have cases equivalent to what they had in the summertime yet aren’t putting in the same policies and mitigations that they put in the summer, that they now change the course of this pandemic across the South,” Birx said.

“So it is frustrating because not only do we know what works, governors and mayors use those tools to stem the tide in the spring and the summer.”