U.S. sets daily records with 3,800 COVID-19 deaths, 130K hospitalizations

Jan. 6 (UPI) — Nearly 3,800 Americans died from COVID-19 on Tuesday — the highest single-day death toll so far during the pandemic — and hospitalizations again rose to record levels, new data showed.

There were 3,775 coronavirus-related deaths nationwide, breaking the previous one-day record of 3,750 set last week, according to disease trackers at Johns Hopkins University.

Tuesday’s death toll was the third to exceed 3,700 in eight days and raised the U.S. seven-day average to more than 2,600 — 18% higher than the previous week. Some 11,500 Americans have died from COVID-19 during the first five days of 2021.

About 230,000 new infections were confirmed Tuesday, the second-highest daily total since Dec. 18. Only Saturday’s all-time mark of 297,000 new cases has been higher during that span, the Johns Hopkins data showed.

Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has recorded more than 21 million cases and 357,385 deaths.

Hospitalizations, meanwhile, continued to climb to ever-higher record levels.

Nearly 3,000 additional Americans required hospital care for COVID-19 on Tuesday, pushing the nationwide total for hospitalizations above 130,000 for the first time, according to the COVID Tracking Project.


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