Last week’s record — 2,885 deaths reported in a single day

Last week’s record — 2,885 deaths reported in a single day

A grim new record for the U.S. as daily deaths from the virus top 3,000.

A coronavirus test site in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Just one week after the United States broke a daily record for coronavirus deaths, it did so again on Wednesday, when officials across the country reported at least 3,011 new fatalities.

Last week’s record — 2,885 deaths reported in a single day — was a milestone because not since the pandemic’s first peak, in spring, had so many deaths been reported. The high point then was 2,752 deaths, on April 15.

As a brutal surge gathers speed across the country, the country went on last week to record its most coronavirus-related deaths over a seven-day period.

With a seven-day average of 2,249 deaths, the U.S. broke the previous mark of 2,232, set on April 17. Seven-day averages can provide a more accurate picture of the virus’s progression than daily death counts, which can fluctuate.

And all the while, the United States is speeding toward another stunning total: 300,000 total deaths since the coronavirus slipped into the country at the beginning of the year and began laying siege. At least 288,000 deaths have been recorded, according to a New York Times database.

The milestones are being toppled as U.S. officials race to approve and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine for Americans. Britain began vaccinating its own citizens this week, and Canada appears near to doing the same.

But things have moved more slowly in a country still mired over a presidential election that took place more than a month ago, with many Republicans refusing to acknowledge the results and some working actively to undo them.

Regardless of the outcome, on Wednesday, a glance at any coronavirus map of the country made one thing clear: With very few exceptions, every state is a red state now.




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