US hits 100,000 COVID cases, highest since before vaccine rollout – .

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The United States had surpassed 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday – its highest daily total since before the vaccine was deployed, according to federal data.

It is the highest nationwide infection rate since the winter wave, which, at its peak, recorded more than 250,000 cases per day in January. Cases stabilized in June at around 11,000 per day, the Associated Press reported.

It had taken the United States nine months since the outbreak to reach 100,000 daily cases in November.

Hospitalizations and deaths are increasing – but still remain well below the pre-vaccine peak in January, when more than 120,000 were hospitalized. More than 44,000 Americans have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This represents a 40% increase in one week and a 400% increase since June, according to the data.

Nearly 500 people die from the virus each day, according to Friday’s weekly averages. This is an increase from 270 deaths two weeks ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. Deaths peaked at 3,500 per day in January.

Registered nurses treat a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, July 30, 2021.
Nurses treat a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles last month.
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Cases and hospitalizations have seen the largest increases in the South, particularly in Florida, where more than 135,000 residents tested positive for the virus last week. This averages almost 20,000 per day, which represents 20% of new cases in the country.

Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky now account for 41% of new hospitalizations in the country, according to the CDC.

Hospitalizations in Florida also peaked in the pandemic this week, with more than 12,864 confirmed patients with COVID-19 on Friday, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported. That’s a daily average of 1,837 hospitalizations per day.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pledged not to shut down businesses or impose a new mask mandate last week, predicting the current peak to be a seasonal outbreak – and adding that lockdowns have “failed time and time again throughout this pandemic ”.

The governor, who encouraged residents to get vaccinated, also passed a law prohibiting local K-12 school districts from requiring masks for students and staff.

DeSantis has traded verbal blows with President Joe Biden all week over handling the virus.

With post wires

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