COVID-19 cases surge with more than 82,000 in single day
Chicago imposed new curfews for nonessential businesses, including bars, after Illinois saw 4,000 new virus infections. Fourteen states hit record hospitalizations this week.
Tuesday's statewide COVID-19 death toll was higher than the record tally set only a week ago. Despite experts' pleas to stay put this holiday weekend, more people passed through airport security on Sunday than on any other single day since the beginning of the pandemic. Now health officials are bracing for a catastrophic surge of new infections. Many of those who ignored advice not to travel for Thanksgiving are now taking the virus with them to work. Health experts expect to see a large uptick in about one to two weeks, and they urge anyone who traveled over the holiday to get tested. Hospitals in New York state have been asked to make a list of retired doctors and nurses that can be called on if Covid-19 cases become overwhelming for hospitals. NBC News' Rehema Ellis reports from Elmhurst Hospital where they are prepping for another rush of patients. Peru and Bolivia are running out of ICU beds as the COVID-19 cases go up. The detection of the new variant of the coronavirus in Peru further increases pressure on the country's weak health system.