US reaches daily high of nearly 228,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Coronavirus infections continue to spread at record levels in the United States, reaching a new daily high of nearly 228,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The 227,885 cases reported Friday eclipses the previous high of more than 217,000 on Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 attributable deaths in the U.S. has passed 2,000 for the first time since the spring. It reached 2,011 on Friday. Two weeks ago, the seven-day average was 1,448. There were 2,607 deaths reported in the U.S. on Friday.

For the first time, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. have exceeded 100,000 on Wednesday, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project

With the December holidays weeks away, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr. Anthony Fauci warned, “it’s going to happen again… We’re getting into colder weather and an even larger holiday season.”

Globally, Johns Hopkins reports more than 1.5 million people have died from the coronavirus pandemic, including more than 279,000 in the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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