WASHINGTON | The United States on Thursday recorded more than 210,000 cases of coronavirus in a single day, an all-time high since the start of the pandemic, according to benchmark data from Johns Hopkins University.
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The country has at the same time deplored more than 2,900 deaths from COVID-19, one of the worst tolls recorded in the country, according to a statement made every day at 8:30 p.m. by AFP of university figures, continuously updated.
Health officials have warned that trips made a week ago for Thanksgiving by millions of Americans risked causing “an outbreak on top of the outbreak,” in the words of the well-respected Dr Anthony Fauci.
The United States, which has been facing another spectacular rebound in the epidemic for several weeks, had already crossed the 200,000 new case mark twice in the past month, but never as high as Thursday.
The number of new daily cases had dropped slightly after this big family celebration, but this was in particular due to increases disrupted by this long holiday weekend, according to experts.
For two weeks, the United States has again regularly crossed the 2,000 daily death mark, as in the spring, at the height of the first wave of the epidemic – which has never really fallen into the country.
And no improvement is in sight in the short term.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States continues to grow, surpassing 100,000 on Wednesday for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Hospitalizations are notably on the rapid rise in the four most populous states (California, Florida, New York and Texas), notes the COVID Tracking Project.
The United States, which is the country most affected by the pandemic in absolute numbers, has a total of more than 14.1 million cases and 276,000 deaths.