U.S. leads the world in COVID-19 deaths as toll exceeds 250,000
Number of people hospitalized with the virus in the U.S. has doubled in the past month
The United States reached another grim milestone today, exceeding 250,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins global database.
The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 patients were hospitalized with the virus in the United States.
Newly confirmed infections per day in the U.S. have exploded more than 80 per cent over the past two weeks to the highest levels on record, with the daily count running at close to 160,000 on average. Cases are on the rise in all 50 states. Deaths are averaging more than 1,155 per day nationally, the highest in months.
The out-of-control surge is leading governors and mayors across the U.S. to issue mask mandates, limit the size of private and public gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving, ban indoor restaurant dining, close gyms or restrict the hours and capacity of bars, stores and other businesses.
New York City's school system — the nation's largest, with more than one million students — suspended in-person classes Wednesday amid a mounting infection rate, a painful setback in a corner of the country that suffered mightily in the spring but had seemingly beaten back the virus months ago.
With files from The Associated Press