Daily News: MANHATTAN, New York – The US hit six million coronavirus cases Monday morning as schools and other public spaces struggled to regain some modicum of what’s considered normalcy.
Worldwide, the number of cases have reached more than 25 million.
Around the country, thousands of college students continued to test positive for the virus, with entire dorms quarantined and other schools switching back to remote instruction.
Partly fueled by schools’ reopening, the Midwestern states reported jumps in infections, with Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota recently logging record one-day new-case increases, reported Reuters
. In addition, record numbers of patients are hospitalized in Montana and Idaho.
The US has tallied the most deaths in the world, and is number 11 in deaths per capita, Reuters reported, with countries like Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Peru all having more per capita.
On Sunday alone, more than 47,000 new cases and nearly 1,000 more deaths were reported, according to USA Today.
Though the US comprises just 4 percent of Earth’s population, it has nearly 24 percent of the coronavirus cases, Forbes noted. The first U.S. case was logged January 21.
Experts were predicting a possible death total by year end of 317,000 if no changes in public measures are taken, reported Forbes, citing the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. That number could be reduced to fewer than 250,000 total if universal mask-wearing were adopted, and surpass 350,000 if mandates are eased, the institute said.
This could also have repercussions for essential workers, especially in health care but also on the front lines in numerous other ways, the World Health Organization warned.
“The frontline responders working tirelessly to save lives during the pandemic deserve time to rest,” WHO said in a statement. “Talk to your colleagues or supervisor if you think you may be experiencing burnout.”