US coronavirus deaths top quarter of a million as Covid-19 mortality rate surges
The US Covid-19 death count has shot past 250,000
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More than 250,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the US.
America reached the grim milestone as the number of Covid-19 cases soared by almost 50 per cent compared to a week before.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported 164,382 new infections, bringing the country's total to 11,300,635.
Deaths have been increasing steadily in the US for almost a month, with an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day over the past week.
The CDC announced 1,602 deaths today, although this figure has increased over the past few hours.
The latest figures from John Hopkins University show that the US has now recorded a total of 250,029 deaths.
Today the CDC tweeted: "COVID19 cases are rising. Average daily cases are up 43% compared to the previous 7 days, with 94% of U.S. jurisdictions seeing more cases. This Thanksgiving, help slow the spread: gather outdoors, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart."
Average daily cases are up by 43% compared to the week before
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Nationwide, the number of patients hospitalised with coronavirus topped 75,000 on Tuesday.
Health experts say greater social mixing and indoor gatherings during the holiday season, combined with colder weather, could accelerate the surge, threatening to overwhelm already strained healthcare systems.
The Midwest has become the new US epicenter of the crisis, reporting almost a half-million cases during the week ending on Monday.
An average of more than 1,000 people have been dying from the virus each day in the US over the past week
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Cuyahoga County, which encompasses Ohio's most populous city, Cleveland, today ordered residents to stay at home "to the greatest extent possible" through December 17.
It said its decision was down to "an unprecedented recent surge of severely ill patients requiring hospitalisation" and "concerns with diminished local hospital bed capacity."
Government officials in at least 21 states, representing both sides of the US political divide, have issued sweeping new public health mandates this month.
These range from stricter limits on social gatherings and non-essential businesses to new requirements for wearing masks in public places.