The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has hit yet another record high with 3,775 fatalities reported in a day, which is the equivalent of 2.6 Americans dying every minute.
Daily deaths have now surged above the 3,700 mark three times within the past week. More than 357,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out.
Cases and hospitalizations also continue to surge with 131,195 patients being treated for the virus yesterday, which is an increase of more than 5,600 in just two days, and 229,055 new infections reported.
The number of people hospitalized nationwide has exceeded 100,000 for 35 days.
As cases surges, Arizona, California and Rhode Island are currently seeing higher rates of infections per capita than any country in the world.
Arizona leads the nation with 827 new infections per 100,000 people in the week ended Tuesday, followed by California with 671 per 100,000 and Rhode Island with 666 per 100,000, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project.
By comparison, the country with the world’s highest per capita infection rate, the Czech Republic, reported 653 new cases per 100,000 people in the same period.
Cases are currently rising in 47 US states and territories and the country faces a new threat from a mutant strain of coronavirus that has now been detected in at least 37 individuals across seven states, according to the CDC. The strain, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, is said to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original.
The majority of cases of the mutant strain have been reported in California, where the tally jumped from six on Sunday to 32 on Tuesday – less than a week after the first case was diagnosed in the state.
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Source: Daily Mail