The number of new crown cases in the U.S. hit a new high on Thursday local time, adding more than 120,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one day,media BGR reported. That’s up from 107,872 new infections on Wednesday, and at least 1,616 Americans have died from the deadly disease, according to a New York Times tracking report.
In addition, there have been an average of 91,878 new cases a day in the U.S. in the past week — a 51 percent increase from two weeks ago. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the cumulative total number of newly confirmed cases in the United States so far exceeds 9.73 million, and more than 236,000 deaths.
The number of Americans currently hospitalized for the new coronavirus is also at a record high since early August. According to the COVID tracking program, 54,824 people are currently hospitalized in the United States for the new coronavirus.
“Now is the time to develop testing strategies to maximize our ability to identify silent epidemics of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tweeted Wednesday.