CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States on Thursday approached the highest on record.
Only India has reported more cases in a single day: 97,894 on Sept. 17.
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attributed the increase in cases to behavior of individuals, saying household gatherings have become a “major vector of disease spread.”
On Thursday, there were 856 reported deaths in the United States, Johns Hopkins data shows.
Some states’ cases are increasing, a trend that is prompting some governors to issue new restrictions, including on bars and restaurants in some parts of Illinois.
In New York state, which was devastated by the pandemic in the spring, movie theaters will open their doors to live audiences for the first time in months, albeit at 25% capacity and with restrictions. But in New York City, theaters would remain darkened for now, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive.
Reuters contributed to this report.