The largest number of infections was registered in the state of New Jersey.
As the number of COVID-19 infections, related hospitalizations, and deaths increases, there are growing signs in the United States that the northeastern regions that previously managed to control the virus’s spread may be caught up in a second wave of the pandemic.
In New Jersey, a sharp increase in Newark infections, the state’s largest city, has forced Mayor Ras Barak to take drastic measures – curfews have been imposed in some areas to contain the spread of the virus.
New York state and New York City authorities also reported an alarming increase in infections. It is possible to introduce stricter measures taken by the city and state authorities in the spring at the height of the first outbreak of coronavirus.
“This is our last chance to stop the second wave,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Wednesday, announcing that the city’s average of positive diagnoses over seven days is 2.52%. The city’s public school system will not be closed if this rate reaches the 3% level.
According to Reuters data, more than 1,450 people died from COVID-19 in the United States as a whole on Tuesday, the highest number since August.
Cases of COVID-19 infection in the United States rose for seven consecutive days and reached more than 136,000 cases per day as of late Tuesday. The number of hospitalizations, the main indicator of the pandemic, exceeded 605,000 for the first time since the pandemic. In Newark, the positivity rate hovered at 19%, more than double the New Jersey average of 7.74%.
Governor Phil Murphy announced some restrictions on Monday due to the growing COVID-19 cases in the state.
In Maryland, where the rate of positive diagnoses in the environment amounted to 5.6%, officials warned about hospital admissions’ growth in connection with COVID-19.
A record number died of coronavirus recorded Tuesday in several Midwest and West states, including Alaska, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
On Wednesday, Texas became the first state in which it was confirmed that more than 1 million cases of infection COVID-19. California, according to the Associated Press, is approaching this mark.