US Covid-19 deaths top 270,000: Johns Hopkins University

03 Décembre, 2020, 19:12 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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The number was 20 percent higher than the previous single-day high of 2,603 on April 15, and brings the total USA death toll to 273,799, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The daily coronavirus death toll in the USA reached a record high on Wednesday as officials warn that holiday-related travel is only likely to spur further virus spread.

The COVID Tracking Project reported the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations in the USA topped 100,000 for the first time on Wednesday. On Tuesday, there were 2,597 COVID deaths reported.

Cindy Friedman, chief of the travellers' health branch at CDC, said California, Texas and Florida - the three most populous American states - have each registered more than 1 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

"I have heard so many times in the last week people don't think it's real because they don't know anyone that got it, or got it bad".

The mayor of Los Angeles ordered residents on Wednesday to stay in their homes and banned social gatherings as part of new measures to rein in a surge in coronavirus infections.

The sobering data came as the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned that December, January and February were likely to be "the most hard time in the public health history of this nation".

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Besides the loss of life, Redfield said, the country faces the prospect of a healthcare system strained to the point of collapse, before vaccines become widely available.

The milestone was tallied in the evening of December 2, meaning the day's death toll could climb even higher overnight, CNN reported.

The news comes as Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned on Wednesday that a hard winter awaits.

Meanwhile health authorities reported almost 200,000 new cases.

Deaths nationwide were 19 percent higher than normal from March 15 to November 14.

Health authorities had warned that the numbers could fluctuate strongly before and after Thanksgiving, as they often do around holidays and weekends, when because of reporting delays, figures often drop, then rise sharply a few days later as state and local agencies catch up with the backlog.

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