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US sets daily records for COVID-19 deaths in back-to-back days, Johns Hopkins reports

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 07:47:43-05

On Wednesday — for the second straight day — the U.S. set a new record in single-day deaths linked to COVID-19.

According to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University, 3,865 people died of COVID-19 throughout the country on Wednesday. That tops the previous record of 3,775 single day COVID-19 deaths, which was set on Tuesday.

According to Johns Hopkins, there have been four days in the past week in which the U.S. has recorded more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths. For context, 2,977 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

According to the COVID Tracking Project — which tallies COVID-19 deaths using different methods than Johns Hopkins — the rolling seven-day average of deaths linked to the virus sits at 2,636.

Officials fear that COVID-19 deaths will continue to rise in the coming days, due to an increase in travel during Christmas and New Year’s.

New cases of COVID-19 and deaths linked to the virus spiked in the weeks following a surge in travel for Thanksgiving. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the rolling seven day average of COVID-19 deaths leaped up from 1,568 to 2,354 in the two weeks following Thanksgiving.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, fears the U.S. could be poised to experience a “surge on top of a surge” of the virus at a time when hospitals across the country are already overwhelmed.

Since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins reports that more than 361,000 people have died of the virus — a total that leads all other countries around the world. No other country has recorded more than 200,000 deaths, and only three others — Brazil, India and Mexico — have recorded at least 100,000 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins, 21 million Americans have contracted the virus. The only other country with at least 10 million confirmed cases India.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering