The number of US states that reported record day-over-day increases in Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday has now risen to six, according to a Reuters analysis, as infections rose across the Midwest and elsewhere, prompting new clampdowns on residents, schools and businesses.
Deaths attributed to Covid-19 hit daily records in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Hawaii and Wisconsin, Reuters found. Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio reported record daily increases in new infections, the tally showed.
The number of patients in U.S. hospitals suffering from the virus hit 40,000 for the first time since August on Wednesday, according to the analysis.
“Folks, please stay home,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said in a statement on Wednesday. “Help us protect our communities from this highly-contagious virus and avoid further strain on our hospitals.”
Evers said a week-old field hospital in the Milwaukee suburbs had admitted its first patient.
Wisconsin is a pivotal battleground state in the 3 November election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States and thrown millions out of work. Opinion polls show Trump’s handling of the pandemic has hurt his re-election prospects.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/oct/22/coronavirus-live-news-france-nears-1m-cases-as-four-us-states-see-record-one-day-deaths?page=with:block-5f90f08d8f086b2e58c8c210