With cases accelerating quickly—and putting pressure on some hospitals—during the nation’s third surge in infections, a top White House official raised eyebrows this weekend when he said the nation couldn’t control COVID-19, which has now triggered an outbreak among the vice president’s staff.
Weekly numbers set record
Over the past week, the United States has averaged about 68,767 cases a day, the highest yet during the pandemic, according to an analysis by CNBC based on Johns Hopkins data. The country’s daily totals topped 83,000 cases on Oct 23 and Oct 24.
Hospitalizations, which typically lag spikes in cases, increased 40% over the past month, and currently about 41,000 Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 infections, the New York Times reports.