(Harrison Arubu, NAN)
The US on Tuesday reported 131,000 new cases of COVID-19, the country’s highest single-day infection since the start of the pandemic.
The US COVID-19 Tracking Project said the country suffered an average of 120,000 new cases every day in the past week.
The disease killed no fewer than 1,347 persons across the US on Tuesday, the highest record since Aug. 19, the project said.
It said no fewer than 62,000 people were currently hospitalised with COVID-19 in the country.
It added that the seven-day average for new deaths has been on the increase over the last couple of days and is now at 991.
Reports quoted the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as saying that new cases were rising in 50 states and territories.
Between Nov. 3 and Nov. 9, the country recorded 767,645 new cases, representing an increase of 31 per cent from the previous seven-day period, according to HHS.
There were 6,838 deaths during that period, which was nearly 18 per cent above the previous week’s umber, it added.
The department further said that 24 per cent of hospitals across the country have more than 80 per cent of their Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds filled.
On the global scene, the disease has infected no fewer than 51.3 million people, and claimed no fewer than 1.2 million lives, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University
Experts believe the actual numbers are much higher due to low capacity in testing, unreported cases and suspicion that many countries downplay their caseloads.
The US remains the worst-hit country with no fewer than 10.3 million infections and 239,600 cases, according to John Hopkins.