Almost 6,000 people died in the United States last week as the United States prepares for presidential elections.

Almost half a million people in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus in the past seven days. This emerges from a report by Reuters news agency when cases and hospital stays in trouble spots in the Midwest set new records.

In the past week, more than 5,600 people died from the virus across the country. According to a Reuters analysis, hospital admissions rose 13 percent.

Illinois, which has become a hot spot in the past few weeks, has reported more than 31,000 new cases in the past seven days, more new infections than any other state except Texas.

To stem the surge, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker imposed new restrictions in six of eleven regions.

Indoor dining in bars and restaurants will be suspended until Wednesday, and gatherings will be limited to 25 people on a state formula that will trigger a “mitigation” if the positivity rate exceeds 8 percent for at least two consecutive days. Areas affected include some suburbs of Chicago.

Other states have declined and resumed plans to contain the spread of the virus as cooler weather sets in in most of the country.

Idaho Governor Brad Little announced Monday that indoor gatherings of more than 50 people would be banned and that outdoor gatherings would be limited to 25 percent.

Health experts believe the virus is increasing due to private social gatherings, colder temperatures pushing people inside, and fatigue from COVID-19 precautions.

Beyond the Midwest, the Texas city of El Paso has also faced a surge in cases where local hospitals are overwhelmed. Officials are setting up an alternative care facility to relieve medical centers.

“We see all sorts of patients. The narrative historically was the 65+ with multiple comorbidities. But we see 20 year olds. We see 30 year olds and 40 year olds, ”said Dr. Ogechika Alozie, an infectious disease specialist in El Paso, told Reuters. “There is this exhaustion, but we buckle up again and take care of the patients.”

US President Donald Trump, who faced a tough re-election campaign on November 3, re-hit reports that the coronavirus was on the rise and reiterated his false claim that the country is “turning the tide” in the fight against the killed virus “More than 226,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University record.

Pennsylvania, a hotly contested “battlefield” state in next week’s elections, reported a new record of new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to the state’s Department of Health.

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