Peter Wells in New York
The US reported more than 100,000 new cases of coronavirus for the first time in five days on Thursday, and daily deaths remained high, pausing some encouraging downward trends that have recently formed.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, states reported 103024 new infections. This was the first time since Saturday that there were more than 100,000 cases daily, the first time since early November on Sunday below that threshold.
Authorities attributed a further 3,885 fatalities to the coronavirus, up from 3,445 on Wednesday.
The latest figure was boosted by a record 721 deaths reported in one day in Ohio, although the health department said “about 650” of those were the result of the state’s reconciliation of the coronavirus fatalities. “The newly reported deaths will be higher in the coming days,” as the reconciliation process is completed, he said.
The rise in the death toll on Thursday was the largest one-day rise in at least a week. Last Thursday, an audit of North Carolina deaths for 2020 and 2021 resulted in the state adding more than 1,705 fatalities to its death toll.
On that day, the Covid Tracking Project said on Twitter that the country had reported about 3,700 deaths, but a The Washington City Times analysis of state totals, including North Carolina’s revisions, estimated the one-day increase at 5,212.
Excluding last Thursday’s figure of over 5,000, the latest increase is the largest one-day increase since January 28.
However, hospital admissions continue their downward trend. The number of patients currently being treated for coronavirus in U.S. hospitals has fallen to 74,225, the lowest level since January 16.