U.S. smashes daily COVID-19 record with more than 83,000 new cases

The United States reported 83,010 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to The COVID Tracking Project, the highest number of infections in a single day since the pandemic began.

The new number of cases broke the old record of 76,842 infections reported on July 17, according to The COVID Tracking Project, which gathers data from state and local reporting agencies.

The number of hospitalized patients in the United States also reached 41,485 on Friday, the highest since August 20 while 916 people were reported dead on Friday, a slight decline after back-t-back days of more than 1000.

About 1.3 million tests were reported across the United States on Friday, an all-time high.

Health experts have warned that although the United States is now in the midst of its third major coronavirus spike, things could get worse because of a combination of outbreaks in schools, cold weather and flu season.

Of the 41,485 patients who are currently hospitalized, 8,237 are in ICU and 2,180 are on ventilator. At total of 215,761 people have died of the coronavirus, according to the project.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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