Peter Wells in New York
A year to the day since the first diagnosed case of coronavirus in the US, the country reported a record daily increase in deaths among Covid-19 as the Biden administration took over the country’s response to the pandemic.
Authorities attributed a further 4,409 fatalities to the coronavirus, more than double the 2,141 reported Tuesday, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. That surpassed the previous daily record of 4,087 on January 13.
The latter figure was supported by California and Texas, the two most populous states. The former reported 694 fatalities, a shy of the one-day record, while the latter hit a new peak with 450 reported deaths per day.
Since the start of the pandemic, 396,837 people in the US have died from the virus, according to the Covid Tracking Project, while Johns Hopkins University, which uses an alternative methodology, estimates the death toll at more than 400,000.
In the past week, there have been an average of 3,043 fatalities per day in the US, less than the record number of 3,335 per day recorded about a week ago. On Tuesday, the number dipped below 3,000 for the first time in 11 days.
Hospital admissions continue an encouraging downward trend. The number of people currently in U.S. hospitals with coronavirus has dropped by more than 1,100 in the last 24 hours to 122,700, a low in 23 days.
A further 185,822 infections were reported, up from 144,047 on Tuesday, but the fourth day in a row with daily cases below 200,000. In the past week, there was an average of 192,825 cases in the US, the lowest rate in 19 days and lower than a record of 244,707 on Jan. 11.