In the USA, the number of deaths recorded in one day with a confirmed corona infection has reached a new high. On Tuesday, the authorities reported 3,725 dead, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on Wednesday. The previous high was registered with 3,682 deaths on December 16. The number of new infections on the same day was 247,646, comparatively just below the record of 249,664 set on December 18.
On Monday, the number of Covid-19 patients in US hospitals also rose to a record high of more than 124,000, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the number has been continuously above the threshold of 100,000 since the beginning of December. The Covid Tracking Project was started in the spring with the magazine “The Atlantic” and collects data on the corona pandemic in the USA.
Due to travel and family reunions after Thanksgiving in late November and over Christmas, health experts had warned of a significant increase in the number of infections. According to the responsible authority TSA, more than 3.8 million passengers were handled at US airports on the long Christmas weekend alone.
In the country with around 330 million inhabitants, around 19.5 million people have so far been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, and more than 338,000 people have died. In absolute terms, that’s more than in any other country in the world.