US marks 250,000 coronavirus deaths

Coronavirus

(NewsNation Now) — The United States’ coronavirus death toll surpassed 250,000 Wednesday, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.

Newly confirmed infections per day in the U.S. have risen more than 80% over the past two weeks to the highest levels on record, with the daily count running at close to 160,000 on average. Cases are on the rise in all 50 states. Deaths are averaging more than 1,155 per day, the highest in months.

The increased spread of the virus is leading governors and mayors across the U.S. to issue mask mandates, limit the size of private and public gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving, ban indoor restaurant dining, close gyms or restrict the hours and capacity of bars, stores and other businesses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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