Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Infections, Deaths, Hospitalizations All Hit Record Highs


By Adam Martin

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. hit a record high, as did deaths reported in a day, as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 1.5 million.

Hospitalizations also hit a record, with 100,667 people in the U.S. admitted as of Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Of those, a record 19,442 people were in intensive care.

The country reported 217,664 new cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 200,055 on Wednesday, and surpassing the previous record of 205,557 set Friday last week.

Newly reported deaths also surged Thursday, to 2,879, according to Johns Hopkins data, the second daily record in a row. The U.S. reported 2,804 deaths on Wednesday.

Nationally, more than 14 million have been infected and more than 276,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, more than 65.2 million people have been

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States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100


States drafted plans Thursday for who will go to the front of the line when the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available later this month, as U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring.

With initial supplies of the vaccine certain to be limited, governors and other state officials are weighing both health and economic concerns in deciding the order in which the shots will be dispensed.

States face a Friday deadline to submit requests for doses of the Pfizer vaccine and specify where they should be shipped, and many appear to be heeding nonbinding guidelines adopted this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put health care workers and nursing home patients first.


But they’re also facing a multitude of decisions about other categories of residents — some specific to their states; some vital to their

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Major problems with viral story about Johns Hopkins ‘study’ on COVID-19 deaths


Sweeping the right-wing media ecosystem, amplified by massively viral tweets, is the claim that Johns Hopkins released — and quickly deleted — a study showing COVID-19 hasn’t led to an increase in deaths in the U.S. this year.

It’s being used to justify false narratives that the pandemic isn’t deadly and that lockdowns are tyrannical overreach by state governments. One often-linked write-up on PJ Media, a right-wing political site, describes the story thusly:

“According to the study, ‘in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.’ Wait, what? Really? That’s what it says. And, it should come as no surprise that the study was deleted within days.”

There are, however, major issues with this so-called study.


For one, calling it a “Johns Hopkins study” is inaccurate. The now-broken URL didn’t

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US single day COVID deaths top 3,100 for the first time


The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans in the hospital with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.

The three benchmarks altogether showed a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come, in part because of the delayed effects from Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.

Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they are going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” Dr. Robert Redfield,

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CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths | Health News


By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters

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THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday morning, adding that perhaps 450,000 Americans might be dead from COVID-19 by February. Right now, that number now is about 273,000, The New York Times reported.

Another record-breaking day of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths underscored Redfield’s grim warning.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday passed 100,000, nearly double the highest point seen last spring. The daily death toll hit 2,760, surpassing the previous record set in April, the Times reported. With

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Swedes’ support for anti-lockdown stance slips amid rising Covid deaths


Support for Sweden’s government and public confidence in authorities’ ability to handle the coronavirus crisis are sliding as the country’s anti-lockdown approach continues to be tested by mounting numbers of deaths and new cases.



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As the national health agency announced 6,485 new infections and 33 more deaths on Thursday, the prime minister, Stefan Löfven , said the country’s high schools would switch to distance learning from 7 December for the rest of the term.

“This is being done so as to have a slowing effect on the spread of the disease, Löfven said, adding that the measure was “not an extended break”. What the country does now “will determine how we can celebrate Christmas”, he said.

A six-monthly poll by Statistics Sweden this week showed support for Löfven’scentre-left Social Democrats had dropped nearly five points to 29.4% since May, amid signs

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The US reports 3,100 coronavirus deaths in one day — 20% more than previous record


There were 3,157 Covid-19 deaths reported Wednesday — a jump of about 20% from the previous record of 2,603 set on April 15 — and health care systems are struggling to support the weight of worsening impacts.



a person sitting on a bed: HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Medical staff members stand by a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient's body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)


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HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Medical staff members stand by a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient’s body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

In total, 273,799 people in the US have died of the virus and more than 13.9 million have been infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Health experts project the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths to worsen as the holidays bring people

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Kansas reports spike in COVID-19 deaths as it awaits vaccine


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday reported spikes in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as dozens of nursing homes experienced outbreaks and the state prepared to see that health care workers received the first available vaccines.

The state Department of Health and Environment added 119 deaths since Monday, raising the state’s COVID-19 death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,679.

Kansas also had a record-high daily average of 53 new COVID-19 hospitalizations during the seven-day period that ended Wednesday. Hospitals have been stressed for weeks, with many facing staffing shortages and having to convert space into rooms for COVID-19 patients.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month will consider authorizing the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, but the doses will be rationed in the early stages and it will likely be months before it is available to most people. A federal government

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Covid cases and deaths in nursing homes are getting worse


Sr. Jeanne Arsenault returns to her room after breakfast at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence, a home for Catholic nuns in Marlborough, MA on August 26, 2020. Arsenault fell ill to COVID-19 during the outbreak.

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The coronavirus death toll at U.S. nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was brutal and unrelenting.

The Life Care Center nursing home outside Seattle made international headlines in March after the coronavirus infected residents and staff, resulting in at least 123 cases and dozens of deaths. In New Jersey, public officials discovered 17 bodies piled into a makeshift morgue in a nursing home in April when Covid-19 fatalities overwhelmed the facility.

Nursing homes, which house the most vulnerable of society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. While the outbreak subsided somewhat this

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The Latest: Germany Hits a Record for Daily Virus Deaths | California News


BERLIN — Germany on Wednesday reported a record 487 new coronavirus deaths — the country’s highest daily toll since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The country’s disease control center also said 17,270 people had contracted the virus in the last 24 hours.

The country’s health minister said Tuesday that daily death numbers are way too high and reminded his compatriots that behind every single number there’s a tragedy and a human life lost. Germany has seen 17,123 people die in the pandemic,

Germany implemented a so-called “lock down light” about month ago with schools and stores remaining open. That has led to a stagnation of new infections, but the numbers have not been going down again like in other European countries which have had much stricter anti-corona measures in recent weeks.

Germany is waiting for approval of an anti-COVID vaccine by the end of the year, and has started setting

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