COVID-19: U.S. reports 195,500 new infections as CDC urges mask wearing

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The United States reported the highest number of new COVID-19 infections and the highest number of hospitalizations Friday, with nearly every state reporting rapid surges in cases.
St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force leader Dr. Alexander Garza puts on his face mask after speaking about the effect coronavirus has had on the front-line workers during his daily report Friday at Saint Louis University. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 21 (UPI) --

The spikes come as public health officials continue to unearth evidence that South Dakota's Sturgis motorcycle rally in August caused outbreaks elsewhere in the country.

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On Friday more than 195,500 new infections were recorded nationwide and 82,178 people were hospitalized with the illness.

Both of those numbers set new records in the United States, and the number of new cases is more than double the new number recorded in July -- 77,100 -- during the summer surge.

In the month of November alone, the U.S. has recorded 2.7 million new infections, and in the past week more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the country.

The country has now recorded nearly 12 million cases and 255,098 deaths since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracker.

The number of new daily cases has increased…
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