Get our newsletter delivered directly to your inbox
I have already subscribed | Do not show this message again
Your email has been successfully registered.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States approached 250,000 on Wednesday, the day after the country recorded the highest number of victims in nearly four months, a chilling sign for a healthcare system already struggling to cope.
On Tuesday, the United States recorded 1,596 lives lost to the COVID pandemic, a single-day record since July 27, bringing the total number of deaths to 248,898 since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters tally. For weeks, health officials and healthcare workers have warned that hospitals across the country could soon become overwhelmed, with widespread community transmission of the virus evident in many places.
“I’m the most concerned I’ve been since this pandemic started,” Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told CNN on Wednesday.
Nationwide, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 topped 75,000 on Tuesday, setting a new record. The Midwest has become the epicenter, reporting almost a half-million cases in the week ending on Monday. In Wisconsin, 90.6% of Intensive Care Unit beds were occupied as of Wednesday, state data showed.
Fox News panel erupts at a liberal guest for saying it's 'not time to joke' about COVID-19 as US deaths near 250,000 https://t.co/P5y6JiwFj5 via @Yahoo The Vietnam war lasted from 1955 to 1975 (20 years) and killed 50K young Americans. The virus has killed 250,000 in 8 mo.'s
Forty-one U.S. states have reported daily record increases in COVID-19 cases on November, 20 have registered new all-time highs in coronavirus-related deaths from day to day, and 26 have reported new peaks in hospitalizations, according to a Reuters tally of public health data.
Government officials in at least 18 states, representing both sides of the U.S. political divide, have issued sweeping new public health mandates this month. These range from stricter limits on social gatherings and non-essential businesses to new requirements for wearing masks in public places.
Even officials who initially bristled at the government's idea of imposing social restrictions have changed tune as the virus has spread.
Meanwhile, the same old rhetoric from the Trump administration's failed policies applies at the federal level. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday called the wave of new restrictions an overreach by state and local officials.
“The American people know how to protect their health,” she told Fox News in an interview. “We don’t lose our freedom in this country. We make responsible health decisions as individuals.”
- The US surpassed 10.5 million cases and 240,000 deaths, with several states breaking daily case records
- California has become the second US state to top 1 million Covid-19 cases