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Deadliest Day in America Sets Alarming Trend

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The United States recorded its deadliest day on Wednesday, with more than 2,800 people losing their lives to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), beating the previous record set on April 21. This is by far the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day. anywhere in the world, as the outbreak spirals out of control in the world’s worst-hit nation just before the start of the Christmas season. Hospitalizations, meanwhile, exceeded 100,000 for the first time and about 20,000 people are in critical condition in the country, both record levels, which highlights how the situation is still far from improving.

1) Most deaths in one day and they get worse

On Wednesday, 2,833 people died due to Covid-19, beating the previous record set on April 21 when the United States was dealing with its first wave of infections, according to Worldometers (the New York Times put the figure at 2,760). Wednesday’s deaths bring the total number of victims in the United States to 279,867 since the pandemic began late last year. The nation’s seven-day average of daily deaths hit 1,659 on Wednesday, much lower than the peak of 2,243 on April 21.

Deadliest Day in America Sets Alarming Trend

But the alarming rate at which the death toll is increasing suggests that the current wave may surpass the April peak, experts said. This, of course, without taking into account the delayed effects of Thanksgiving (in general, deaths increase after an interval of about two weeks from the increase in cases). As Americans prepare to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, experts and scientists fear that the worst is yet to come.

2) The latest increase drives deaths across the country

During the first wave of the outbreak in April, New York and New England were hit the hardest in terms of cases and deaths. In the third wave, however, the situation is drastically different. Although deaths are still highly concentrated in the northeast of the country, with New York recording the majority of deaths (34,718), states such as Texas (22,335), California (19,410) and Florida (18,776) have now also become the regions they have seen the most deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Deadliest Day in America Sets Alarming Trend

According to a forecast from the Reich Lab at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Rust Belt states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan), along with New York and California, are likely to accelerate the pace of deaths. by Covid-19. In the next weeks.

3) Hospitalizations and ICU admissions at record levels

As of Wednesday, 100,266 Covid-19 patients in the country were hospitalized, the first time hospitalizations in the US have been recorded to exceed 100,000 and more than double the number in early November. Of these, 19,396 patients were in Intensive Care Units, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Both figures are the highest ever recorded in the country and are increasing rapidly, meaning that daily deaths may not decline any time soon.

Deadliest Day in America Sets Alarming Trend

Hospitalizations increased by more than 1,000 a day at the end of November, data released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows. California posted a 38% increase between Nov.23 and Dec.1, with 8,171 Covid-19 patients as of Tuesday. Arizona Covid-19 hospitalized patients increased 28% to 2,479 in the same period.

4) By far the worst affected country in the world

The United States became the world’s largest Covid-19 epicenter in late March and early April. In the eight months since then, the US has remained by far the country with the highest number of new deaths in the world. Only two countries, Brazil and India, have briefly exceeded the US daily death rate. Brazil did it from June 4 to July 28 when the first wave in the United States ended and the second had not yet started.

Deadliest Day in America Sets Alarming Trend

India replaced the US as the world’s largest epicenter of daily deaths for approximately two months between August 27 and October 20; In this period, the Indian wave was at its peak and the third wave in the US had not yet started. Except for these two periods, the United States has remained the most affected country in the world by a huge margin. In the last week, for example, the United States has reported more than double the deaths in the next closest country, Italy.

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