US reports more than 167,000 COVID-19 cases in 48 hours

Fatalities are also on the rise as the U.S. death toll surpasses 225,000.
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Transcript for US reports more than 167,000 COVID-19 cases in 48 hours
Next tonight to those alarming new Covert numbers the biggest two day K search in the US since the pandemic began. More than 167000. New cases in just 48 hours in hard hit El Paso, Texas hospitalizations. Surging in the last two weeks with overflowed tense you see him here build those hospitals are pushed to the brink and across the country Kobe fatalities on the rise again. With the death poll here now surpassing. 225000. Lives lost. Scientists warn it is a critical point in the fight. And ABC's coveralls is in New York. Tonight America entering a dangerous new phase in the pandemic the most infections we've ever seen. New cases soaring above 83000. Each of the past two days. Where dangerous tipping point right now we're entering what's gonna be this steep slope of the curve this week twenty states and Puerto Rico setting new record highs for Dee Lee cases sixteen states hitting record hospitalizations. A new deaths climbing 17%. Over the past week. Now topping 225000. American lives lost Alice Roberts lost her husband rocked a New Jersey police officer to covad. On Friday New Jersey saw their highest case count since rob passed away. You hear these numbers in the news me don't sound very real it's very real on its increase saying. And it's not gonna get better. It's worse hospitalizations. In El Paso tripling over the last two weeks medical workers now converting a convention center and setting up outdoor overflow tends to meet the exploding demand. We need to stay home angle I don't leave for essential. Activities rural areas panel some of the worst outbreaks doctor Deborah Burks warning of consistent and unrelenting community spread. It's a mind all of you. And you can't see X and you can't noted there. Images like these alarming officials. Ohio State students packed together without masks is Big Ten football returns. As tonight so many families are grieving in North Carolina second grader Joshi morale it's taken by the virus at just eight years old. Her family and schooled releasing balloons and planting a tree. In her memory. That's the wouldn't go to symbolize growth. It's like it BO she was here. Seeing her classmates every day. And Tom New York is now just a week into its micro cluster containment strategy where they institute restrictions at a neighborhood level only. And Governor Cuomo says so far that strategy is working to all the hot spot neighborhoods they've identified the positive and he rates are dropping. Tom a block by block strategy right Trevor thank you for that.

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