New outbreaks were reported in the Midwest.
The number of detected coronavirus infections in the United States is close to 6 million. According to Reuters, many Midwestern States reported an increase in the incidence of the disease.
Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota recently reported record daily increases in new cases, while Montana and Idaho recorded a record number of hospitalizations with COVID-19.
At the national level, rates of morbidity, mortality, hospitalization, and the percentage of positive test results are declining, but new outbreaks are emerging in the Midwest.
Many new cases in Iowa occur in the districts where the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa state are located, some of the classes are held in full-time. Colleges and universities across the country are experiencing outbreaks after students have returned to campuses. This forced some universities to switch to distance learning.
The incidence also increased after the annual biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, held from August 7 to 16, which was attended by more than 365 thousand people from all over the country. The South Dakota Department of Health reported that 88 cases are down to this event.
Eight months after the start of the pandemic in the country, the US is still experiencing testing difficulties. In recent weeks, the number of people tested has decreased.
Many health authorities and at least 33 States have rejected the Trump administration’s new recommendations for testing for COVID-19, according to which people exposed to the virus who do not show symptoms of the disease may not need to be tested.
Health officials believe that the US should conduct testing more frequently to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus to slow the spread of the disease.
Although the United States ranks first in the world in terms of the number of infected people, according to Reuters, it ranks tenth in terms of the number of cases per capita, behind, in particular, Brazil, Peru, and Chile.
The United States also leads in the number of deaths from COVID-19, which exceeded 182 thousand but ranks 11th in terms of deaths per capita. The situation is more deplorable in Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, and Peru.