The United States continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While some countries across the world are instituting new lockdowns, the United States has seen another grim record set.
According to the New York Post, the U.S. has set a new single-day record for COVID-19 deaths.
Just how bad does the pandemic continue to be?
From the report:
Three Americans died of COVID-19 every minute on Tuesday, when a record-setting 4,327 deaths were confirmed and 215,805 new cases were recorded, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
A large portion of the spike in cases comes from Los Angeles.
According to reports, one fear is that the growing number of cases is related to travel during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
“One of the more heartbreaking conversations that our healthcare workers share is about these last words when children apologize to their parents and grandparents for bringing COVID into their homes for getting them sick,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis told The LA Times.
“Please, for your loved ones, stay home. Stay safe. Keep your loved ones alive,” she said.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 22.7 million confirmed cases and 376,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.