Updated data showed more COVID-19 cases and deaths were reported in the U.S. at the end of the week than in any previous seven days during the pandemic.
An average of about 228,400 COVID-19 cases per day were reported in the U.S. over the past week, a record high that was more than 3.4 times the summer peak set in late July. On Thursday alone, more than 4,080 coronavirus deaths were reported in the U.S. – the highest number reported in a single day during the pandemic – and for the first time, the daily death toll exceeded 4,000, data from Johns Hopkins University show.
In other words, even as the U.S. works to distribute vaccines against the coronavirus, the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, and in some areas the virus is spreading at an alarming rate, the White House Coronavirus Task Force said. There are a growing number of places where hospitals are deciding to queue for care – patients with little chance of survival are no longer being taken to emergency rooms, which are simply overcrowded with coronavirus patients.