The United States sets a new 24-hour record of Covid-19 infections

WASHINGTON: The United States set a new daily record of Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with more than 248,000 infections recorded in the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University virus monitor reported.
In the same period, 2,706 new deaths were recorded, according to data compiled by AFP on the basis of information released by the university.
Coronavirus infections have increased dramatically in the past month in the United States: new daily cases of 200,000 or more have been recorded in 10 of the past 13 days.
The number of hospitalized Covid patients – 113,000 – is also at its highest since the start of the pandemic in March, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The situation is beginning to improve in the Midwest, where the number of new daily cases and hospitalizations is decreasing.
However, the outbreak is catching on in the north-east and west, according to the Covid Tracking Project, which collects data from across the country every day.
California is especially facing a shortage of beds available for intensive care. Less than 100 were available Tuesday in densely populated Los Angeles County, which is home to 10 million people.
The vast nationwide vaccination campaign launched on Monday will have no effect on the current increase, health officials say, because it will take months for enough people to be immunized to make a difference.
Experts say face masks and social distancing measures must remain in use, especially during the holiday season at the end of the year.