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US coronavirus hospitalizations top 125,000 amid record-breaking daily death toll


#Coronavirus hospitalizations in the U.S. exceeded 125,000 for the first time on #Wednesday, coinciding with a new high in daily deaths at almost 4,000, according to data from The COVID #Tracking #Project.

#Figures show U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations have been on a sharp rise since late #September, soaring from about 30,000 to 125,220 #Americans now hospitalized with the novel virus. The third wave of hospitalizations follows highs in #April and #July, though those figures did not exceed 60,000 at the time.

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A record high in coronavirus hospitalizations has coincided with a peak in daily deaths. (iStock)
(iStock)

#Meanwhile, daily fatalities hit a record high at 3,903 on #Wednesday, up by over 1,150 deaths since the worst peak last spring, per The COVID #Tracking #Project. The U.S. is on course to top 20 million infections, with at least 342,400 lives lost to COVID-19.

The news comes as hard-hit #Southern #California has bottomed out at 0% ICU capacity, and a new mutated coronavirus strain first detected in the U.K. has now been found in #Southern #California and #Colorado.

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#Officials, including #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci, director of the #National #Institute of #Allergy and #Infectious #Diseases, resoundingly expected a post-Thanksgiving surge given traveling and close indoor gatherings, and yet another probable “post-seasonal surge” after the winter holidays. The former projection has met criticism, as some say the U.S. hasn’t seen a case surge since holiday festivities in late #November.

#Reported deaths and hospitalizations typically lag several weeks behind cases. #While daily infections continued to tick higher past the 200,000 mark into early #December, peaking at over 240,000 on #Dec. 17, cases have since decreased, with The COVID #Tracking #Project recording 225,671 cases on #Dec. 30. #Amid winter holidays, The COVID #Tracking project warned of forthcoming deviations (likely fewer than expected figures) in reported data for the next few weeks: “#We urge caution in using these figures,” says the web page.

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#Nevertheless, U.S. #Surgeon #General #Jerome #Adams on #Thursday urged the public to follow public health measures like wearing a mask, socially distancing and practicing hand hygiene.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams appears before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Michael Reynolds- Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. #Surgeon #General #Jerome #Adams appears before a #Senate #Health, #Education, #Labor, and #Pensions #Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on #Sept. 9, 2020, in #Washington, D.C. (#Michael #Reynolds- #Pool/Getty #Images)

#Another crucial step toward curbing virus spread is avoiding crowds, and #New #York #City police have already warned against attempts to flock to #Times #Square to watch the ball drop.

“#This has been a marathon, but we don’t want to trip at the finish line. #We need to be especially cautious today, tonight, have our gatherings virtually, making sure we’re washing our hands thoroughly,” #Adams told ABC’s “#Good #Morning #America” co-hosts #Thursday. “#We want to have a normal #New #Year next year.”

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