The U.S. is expected to surpass the summer peak of deaths from COVID-19 and near early spring levels this coming week, per the COVID Tracking Project.
The big picture: 1,321 people died from the virus on Saturday, as the seven-day average reached 1,100. COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit record highs, with 69,455 people now in hospital with the virus in the U.S., according to the project.
- The country has seen the world record for the number of new infections in a single day broken several times in November — including Friday, when 177,224 people tested positive, Johns Hopkins University data shows.
- 245,600 people have died from the virus and over 10.4 million tested positive in the U.S. as of Sunday morning, per JHU.
What they’re saying: “Tests are rising, but cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising much faster,” the COVID Tracking Project said in a Twitter post.
Of note: Since May 25, only August 4 had a higher seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths, the project noted.
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