U.S. sets record for coronavirus cases, with more than 184,000 new infections in a single day

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The U.S. hit another all-time high for daily coronavirus infections, with 184,514 cases reported on Friday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The staggering number comes just over a week after the country reported more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.

That grim milestone was reported Nov. 4. Since then, six of the last nine days have set record highs.

Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the U.S. on Jan. 21 — or 296 days ago — more than 10.8 million people have become infected with the deadly coronavirus — the world’s largest toll.

It took the country 99 days to reach 1 million infections, back in April. In the first 10 days of November alone, 1 million new cases were recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day rolling average for daily fatalities reported daily in the U.S. went from 828 on Oct. 30 to 1,047 on Friday, an increase of about 26%. As of Saturday afternoon, 245,040 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S.

According to The COVID Tracking Project, hospitalizations are also at an all-time high, with 68,516 people currently being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital. Just over a month ago, on Oct. 4, there were 29,942 hospitalizations.

The number of people in intensive care units is at a near-record high, with 13,132 patients — the highest figure since May 1.

Unlike previous outbreaks, the recent spikes are being reported across the nation. Currently there are no U.S. states with a decline in cases. Infections are surging in 46 states, and holding steady in four.

There are nine states reporting over 1,000 COVID-19 cases per million people.


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