People are waiting in line for coronavirus tests in Los Angeles this week. The one-day US death toll from the virus topped 3,000 for the first time on Wednesday.
The coronavirus pandemic pushed the US past another serious milestone on Wednesday, the highest daily death toll to date, despite the death rate falling as health professionals learn more about the disease.
The Covid Tracking Project, which collects state-level coronavirus data, reported 3,054 COVID-19 deaths – a significant jump from the previous daily record of 2,769 on May 7.
The spread of the disease broke another record with 106,688 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals. In total, the states reported 1.8 million tests and 210,000 cases. According to the group, the peak over the past 7 days means a more than 10% increase in cases.
In addition, California nearly beat its daily record at 30,851. It is the second highest number of cases since December 6, the organization reported.
The staggering increase in deaths and infections has overwhelmed hospitals and intensive care units across the country, an increase many experts attribute to people relaxing their Thanksgiving precautions.
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