The US recorded more than 3,100 Covid-19 deaths in a single day, erasing the record set last spring.
The record number of deaths comes at a time when the number of Americans entering hospitals due to the virus exceeded 100,000 for the first time, and the number of new cases exceeded 200,000 per day, according to figures released Thursday (local time).
The three criteria combined showed that a country is slipping further into crisis, and perhaps the worst is yet to come, partly due to the late effects of Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans ignored warnings to stay home and party only with their family members.
Across the United States, the boom has inundated hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers short and weary.
The reality is that December, January and February will be difficult times. “I think it will be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Health authorities have warned that numbers can fluctuate sharply before and after Thanksgiving, as often occurs on holidays and weekends, when numbers often drop due to delays in reporting, and then rise sharply a few days later as government and local agencies chase a build-up.
However, deaths, hospitalizations and cases in the United States have been rising fairly steadily for weeks, sometimes breaking records for days on end.
The United States recorded 3,187 deaths on Wednesday, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
That’s more than the number of people killed on September 11, and smashed the old mark 2603, which was set on April 15, when the New York metropolitan area was the epicenter of the US outbreak.
Likewise, the number of people in hospital hit an all-time high on Wednesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
It has doubled over the last month.
Also, the number of newly confirmed infections rose by just over 200,000 on Wednesday for the second time in less than a week, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.