The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the United States has approached 100,000 – the highest level ever – as the epidemic spreads and puts pressure on healthcare systems.
98,691 Americans were admitted to hospitals on Tuesday, according to data collected by the Coronavirus Tracking Project, the latest in a series of daily records that lasted for weeks.
Officials in some states, including California, have warned of a shortage of hospital beds and staff.
Luan Woodward, who leads Mississippi’s largest hospital system, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, tweeted that all beds have been occupied with patients.
The number of new cases of the new Corona virus daily, which have fallen from record levels, has risen to more than 180,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The Baltimore-based university said that the United States has also witnessed the largest number of deaths from people with Covid-19 since mid-April, as 2,597 people died the day before Tuesday. That number is close to the April record of 2,607 daily deaths.
While vaccines are available, health experts expect that the gatherings during Thanksgiving and other holidays will further accelerate the widespread rise in the number of infections.
On Wednesday, the US health authorities warned against travel during the Christmas holidays at the end of this month.
The United States has seen far more cases and deaths than any other country. The country, with a population of about 330 million, has recorded 13.7 million infections since the beginning of the epidemic, and the number of deaths has exceeded 270,000.
Globally, there have been more than 64 million cases of coronavirus and 1.4 million deaths.
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