US coronavirus deaths set record at over 3,100 in a single day

In 24 hours, 100,000 Americans are hospitalized, 200,000 new cases found; coming months to be ‘most difficult time in public health history of this nation,’ says CDC director

Hospital staff members enter an elevator with the body of a COVID-19 victim on a gurney at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The US recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day Wednesday, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases are 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.

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