The US sees its deadliest COVID-19 week since April

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The US is nearing 15 million total reported COVID-19 infections, and daily deaths are near a record level — underscoring that the nation is mired in an increasingly difficult phase of the pandemic even with expected vaccines so close.

The country has averaged about 2,237 daily coronavirus deaths across a week — just below its highest-ever average of 2,241, set on April 24, Johns Hopkins University data show.

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Cases and hospitalizations also are soaring, as more physicians and nurses warn they’re perilously low on space, staff and energy to take care of burgeoning numbers of patients.

  • The number of new daily cases across a week Monday was 201,154 — a US record high for the pandemic, according to JHU data.
  • More than 102,140 Covid-19 patients were in US hospitals on Monday — the highest figure of the pandemic, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

More than 14.9 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US so far — though researchers have said this is likely a vast undercount, partly because of limited testing capacity, especially early in the pandemic. A CDC modeling study suggested as many as 53 million people in the United States could have been infected from February through September.

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Health experts are expecting the spread to worsen, anticipating new waves from December holiday gatherings on top of a potential surge from Thanksgiving week.

“We probably are just going to start seeing the brunt of what it means when you have people traveling and congregating in seemingly innocent settings,” America’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Monday. “The situation is that as we enter now from the Thanksgiving holiday season into the Christmas holiday season, it’s going to be challenging.”

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