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Impending shortage of ICU beds in the U.S. over COVID-19 outbreak
Updated: 2020-07-09 10:04:33 KST
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. now stands at over 3-million after breaking a record of 60 thousand daily coronavirus cases this week for the first time since the pandemic hit.
Due to sudden jumps in numbers, states are facing an impending shortage of beds in intensive care units.
Health authorities reported 56 intensive care units in Florida, one of the hot spots in the U.S., have already hit capacity and less than 20 percent of beds were available on Tuesday.
In Texas, which recently surpassed 10-thousand daily cases, the number of hospitalized patients more than doubled in just two weeks.
The number of confirmed patients is expected to rise as health authorities plan to conduct 5-thousand tests a day by making new testing facilities in regions seeing rapid resurgences.
Reporter : jychoi@arirang.com