Patients lie on stretchers in a hallway in the congested emergency room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid an increase in COVID-19 patients in Southern California on January 5, 2021 in Apple Valley, California.
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A record number of people died of Covid in the US on Tuesday and Wednesday when a crowd of angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol during a riot.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 3,733 people died from the virus on Tuesday, followed by 3,865 deaths on Wednesday. For the past seven days, the country reported an average of 2,686 deaths each day – a number only second after the record set a little over two weeks ago.
Holiday celebrations have sparked a predicted explosion in Covid-19 cases that overwhelmed hospitals across the country when vaccine rollouts got off to a rocky start. Over 361,200 people in the US have died from the disease since the virus arrived in the US almost 12 months ago. Since then, according to a Reuters analysis, almost every 914 US resident has died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began.
The D.C. on Wednesday said it stopped the vaccinations early after a crowd of presidents Donald Trump‘s Supporters stormed the US Capitoland asked the mayor to impose a 6:00 p.m. City curfew and delay in certification of the president-elect Joe Biden ‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The number of new daily cases is also increasing. According to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins University data, the country reported over 253,100 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day average to over 222,600, the highest ever. This is an indication of more deaths in the next few weeks as people diagnosed are hospitalized and some die.
According to Hopkins data, Arizona, California, and West Virginia reported record deaths on a daily basis, based on an average of seven days. The 7-day average of daily new cases continues to grow by at least 5% in 47 states and the District of Columbia, indicating an increasing outbreak.
Across the country, more than 132,400 are hospitalized with Covid, the highest to date COVID tracking projectwhich was founded by journalists on the Atlantic.
The dismal numbers come as US officials try to accelerate the pace, which was introduced more slowly than expected Pfizer and Moderna Vaccinations. Federal officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and Trump vaccine Zar Moncef Slaoui have confirmed that they had hoped the vaccine would be introduced sooner.
As of Wednesday, more than 17.2 million vaccine doses had been distributed. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but just over 5.3 million doses were actually administered. Senior representatives from the CDC, including Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, announced that the rollout will pick up pace this month.