The US Midwest has reported the most new case of COVID-19 in a single day since the pandemic started, straining hospitals, according to a Reuters analysis.

The dozen states that make up the region reported a record 16,807 new cases on Thursday (Oct 8), with the seven-day average up 40 per cent since a month ago.

Cases are rising the fastest in the upper Midwest, where the weather is the coldest, with Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin all reporting record increases in new cases so far in October. Illinois reported its biggest increase on Thursday since May 14.

And it’s not just more cases.

The percentage of tests coming back positive is rising and tops 20 per cent in Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The number of Midwest COVID-19 patients hospitalised also hit a record high on Thursday for the fourth day in a row and now tops 8,000. 

Nationally, nearly 34,000 coronavirus patients are hospitalised, the highest since Sep 4.

Half the states in the Midwest have seen record numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals so far this month: Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

Read more: Channel News Asia

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