The United States has added more than 73,000 new cases to its total coronavirus case count as states nationwide continue to battle a fresh virus surge.
Wisconsin’s governor said his state is facing an “urgent crisis.”
“There’s no way to sugarcoat it—we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you, your family members, your friends, your neighbors, and the people you care about,” said Governor Tony Evers.
More than 10,000 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19 in his state, and over 5,200 new cases were reported on Tuesday.
Globally, more than 2 million cases were reported last week, according to the World Health Organization – an exponential increase in a short time not seen since the start of the pandemic. The European region was home to the largest chunk of new cases.
“Although the number of deaths is gradually increasing, the proportion of deaths to cases remains relatively low, compared to the early phase of the pandemic in the spring,” the World Health Organization said.
Contributing: The Associated Press