US reports record jump in new coronavirus cases
Peter Wells in New York
The US recorded nearly 42,000 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the second day in a row of a record nationwide increase, in the latest indication the outbreak is spreading quickly in the south and west.
A further 41,939 people tested positive over the past day, according to data compiled on Thursday by Covid Tracking Project, up from nearly 38,700 a day earlier.
The record jump was revealed just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the number of nationwide infections could be 10 times higher than suggested by official data owing to the number of people not displaying symptoms of the disease.
Texas reported a further 5,996 cases, a record, and up from 5,551 on Wednesday. The state now has 4,739 patients in hospital with the virus, its highest number of at any time during the pandemic and posing a potential threat to its public health system.
Governor Greg Abbott announced today he would pause that state’s plan to further ease lockdown restrictions and also banned elective surgeries in hospitals in Texas’s biggest cities in an effort to ensure bed availability.
California (5,349) and Florida (5,002) had the next biggest increases in new cases and were both down from record jumps on Wednesday.
Wisconsin reported 3,342 new cases, a record and a far cry from the average of about 330 over the previous seven days. Covid Tracking Project said the state reported 2,800 “probable cases from previous days”.
Other states with more than 1,000 cases included Arizona (3,056), Georgia (1,714), Alabama (a record 1,142), Mississippi (1,092), North Carolina (1,009) and South Carolina (1,125).
Rounding out the group of five states that reported record one-day jumps, based on FT analysis of Covid Tracking Project data, were Nevada (497) and Montana (37). Nevada’s governor on Wednesday ordered residents to wear face coverings.