The US sets a 24-hour record with over 3,700 Covid deaths and 250,000 new cases

WASHINGTON: The United States set a grim double record on Wednesday, seeing more than 3,700 deaths and more than 250,000 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country has seen a spectacular increase in Covid infections for more than a month. Currently, around 113,000 people are being hospitalized because of the virus, according to the Ministry of Health and Human Services. This is also a new record.
The record marks the third time in the past week that the United States has passed the 3,000 death threshold. The previous 24-hour record was set in late April at the height of the country’s first wave – which never quite ended.
In the past two weeks, the number of new Covid-19 cases has risen to over 200,000 in 11 days out of 14 within 24 hours.
The exact Wednesday death toll was 3,784 deaths in the past 24 hours through 8:30 p.m. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m. GMT).
Health officials had feared that the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday in late November would lead to a new outbreak of the novel coronavirus after millions of Americans traveled to join friends and family.
Experts now fear the situation will get worse after the end of the year celebrations, including the Christmas break.
The latest records were set as the United States went through its first week of a mass vaccination program to help halt the growing pandemic.
The first Pfizer BioNTech vaccine injections were given in the US on Monday, although authorities warn that it will be months before a sufficiently large portion of the population is immunized.
Given the urgency of the situation and fears of a vaccine shortage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that six or even seven doses could be squeezed out of vials that should only contain five doses to prevent unused vaccine is thrown away.
“Given the public health emergency, the FDA is currently advising that it is acceptable to use any full dose available,” said a tweet, adding that Pfizer had followed the recommendation.

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