The United States now records 100,000 new cases of corona daily

The United States now records 100,000 new cases of corona daily

Passengers wait to get tested for COVID-19 to travel abroad at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The recent flight cancellations resulted in many passengers returning for their tests. In contrast, others could not take the test locally due to the long queues caused by the sudden rise in the delta variable.

The daily average number of new infection cases in the United States is now 100,000 a day, marking a milestone last seen during the winter spell in another grim reminder of how quickly the delta variable spreads across the country.

The average number of cases in the United States was about 11,000 a day in late June. Now the number becomes 107,143.

The US takes nine months to surpass the average number of cases of 100,000 in November before peaking at around 250,000 in early January. Claims declined in June but took about six weeks to reach more than 100,000, despite the vaccine being given to more than 70% of the adult population.

The seven-day average daily new deaths also increased, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. During the last two weeks, it has risen from about 270 deaths a day to nearly 500 deaths a day as of Friday.

The virus spreads rapidly among the unvaccinated population, especially in the south, where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.

Health officials fear cases will continue to rise if more Americans do not adopt the vaccine.

"Our results show that if we don't [vaccinate people], the number of cases could reach several hundred thousand per day, similar to the increase we saw in early January.".

The number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has also risen and is so bad that many hospitals struggle to find beds for patients in remote locations.

Houston officials say the latest wave of COVID-19 cases is pushing the local health care system close to the "breaking point," which has resulted in some patients being moved out of town for medical care, including one who had to be transferred to North Dakota.

Some ambulances have been waiting for hours to unload patients at Houston-area hospitals because there are no beds, said David Pierce, the Houston Department of Health's health authority and medical director for emergency medical services. Percy said he fears this will lengthen response times for 911 medical calls.

"The healthcare system is now on the verge of collapse ... for the next three weeks or so, I don't see any relief with what's going on in the emergency departments," Percy said Thursday.

Last weekend, a patient in Houston had to be transported to North Dakota for medical care. An 11-month-old girl with COVID-19 who had seizures Thursday was rushed from Houston to a hospital 170 miles (274 kilometers) away in Temple.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday that in Missouri, 30 ambulances and more than 60 medical staff would be deployed across the state to help move COVID-19 patients to other areas if nearby hospitals are too full to receive them.

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