According to the Indian Ministry of Health, the number on Friday exceeded India’s previous daily record, which reported 97,894 coronavirus cases in a single day on September 17.
Hospitals could be overwhelmed as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) at the University of Washington, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday.
“In our numbers this week, we see that 18 states will have real stress in their intensive care units in December and January – maybe even overcapacity. That’s a real prospect on the horizon,” said Murray.
The number of hospital stays is the best measure of how the nation is doing on the coronavirus pandemic, Murray said. “They are a leading indicator of death.”
But Murray said the U.S. public is not getting the data it needs to understand which hospitals will be most under stress in the future, and urged the government to release more information.
“The fall / winter increase is likely to result in a daily death toll that is around three times higher by mid-January than it is now,” said IHME in its latest forecast.
CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University, told CNN’s Don Lemon Friday that the increase in cases was “terrifying” and the worst was yet to come.
“In a day or two, we’re going to go over six cases for cases in a day. We’re going to see over 100,000 cases in a day. Well, that sounds bad in itself, but two weeks after that we’re going to do it. 2,000 people die every day in this country.” “, he said.
Reiner said the worst scenario could be losing 2,000 to 2,500 patients a day, but Americans have the power to contain the virus.
“We have to mask ourselves and in some places we have to think about smart closures,” he said.
“Europe closes everywhere – it’s wise when the virus gets out of control. This is how we got control with the first wave. So here’s the choice for the country: if you don’t want to close, then mask. But we can’t both ways. We cannot be a mask and we cannot be a closure, so if the closure is offensive, let’s mask.
Another health expert said Friday that the tests need to be stepped up.
“One person is diagnosed with the coronavirus every second today,” said former Baltimore health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. “We have an American dying from coronavirus every two minutes and that number is increasing.”
Wen, an emergency physician, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she was most concerned about the rate of test positive. In some states, one in two people tested is positive.
“That means we’re not doing nearly enough testing and that every person who tests positive is a canary in a coal mine,” she said. “There will almost certainly be many more, dozen or so other cases that we are not discovering, and the escalation will intensify in the coming weeks.”