WASHINGTON: Four US states reported record one-day increases in new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Sep 25) as the nation surpassed the grim milestone of over 7 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally.
Wisconsin, one of the states where cases are rising the fastest, reported 2,629 new infections, surpassing its previous record set last Friday, according to the tally.
Minnesota, Oregon and Utah also reported record increases in cases on Friday.
All Midwest states except Ohio reported more cases in the past four weeks as compared with the prior four weeks, according to a Reuters analysis. On Thursday, Montana and South Dakota reported record one-day increases in cases.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin's governor declared a new public health emergency and extended a face mask mandate into November.
The number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin also set a new record for the sixth day in a row, rising to 543 on Friday from 342 a week ago.
Hospitalisations of COVID-19 patients also set records this week in Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
COVID-19 infections in the United States are trending upwards and the average number of cases in the last seven days is up 10 per cent from the prior week, according to a Reuters analysis. On average, the nation is reporting 44,000 new cases a day and about 700 deaths.
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