US breaks record for daily COVID-19 cases with 310k new infections

The United States surpassed 370,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday a day after the nation broke the record for the most new COVID-19 cases in a day as California and New Jersey saw massive increases in One day.

A total of 370,119 people have died since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. In addition, there were 310,080 new cases reported on Friday, including 50,000 in California and 20,000 in New Jersey, according to the COVID monitoring project.

This comes from the fact that there have been 23,083 COVID-19-related deaths already recorded in the first eight days of the year and 16 states reported their highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations this week, which are even more troubling signs for the post-holiday surge.

There were again records set Friday for the seven-day average for cases, hospitalizations and deaths, with deaths climbing to an average of 2,934.

This week, 16 states reported their highest number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations. In the photo, patients are pushed inside the emergency room of the LAC USC hospital emergency room

Friday's increase in cases now means 44 states have reported at least 500 COVID-19 cases per million people, according to the COVID Tracking Project, pictured above

Friday's increase in cases now means 44 states have reported at least 500 COVID-19 cases per million people, according to the COVID Tracking Project, pictured above

Friday’s increase in cases now means 44 states have reported at least 500 COVID-19 cases per million people, according to the COVID Tracking Project, pictured above

There have been 23,083 COVID-19 deaths already recorded in the first eight days of the year, as shown in the COVID Tracking Project's monthly chart on the far right

There have been 23,083 COVID-19 deaths already recorded in the first eight days of the year, as shown in the COVID Tracking Project's monthly chart on the far right

There have been 23,083 COVID-19 deaths already recorded in the first eight days of the year, as shown in the COVID Tracking Project’s monthly chart on the far right

The increase in cases on Friday now means 44 states have reported at least 500 cases of COVID-19 per million people.

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The worst-affected state since the pandemic state is New Jersey, which hit another peak on Friday, and recorded 2,694 infections per million people.

Next come Kansas with 1,889 cases per million population and Arizona with 1,602 infections per million population.

Arizona has also passed its summer surge in hospitalizations, with patients increasing at an alarming rate.

Health experts on Wednesday named Arizona as the new hotspot for the global coronavirus as the state’s outbreak took another turn for the worse in Arizona.

The state now leads the country with the highest COVID-19 diagnosis rate.

Since December 31, one in 111 Arizonans has been diagnosed with the virus.

The surge in new cases on Friday came as Dr Deborah Birx warned that the United States may have its own mutant strain of COVID-19, much like Britain does because the virus is spreading so quickly.

The United States broke the record for the most new COVID-19 cases in one day on Friday as California and New Jersey saw a massive one-day surge, shown second from left

The United States broke a record for the most new COVID-19 cases in one day on Friday as California and New Jersey saw massive one-day surges, pictured second from left

The United States broke the record for the most new COVID-19 cases in one day on Friday as California and New Jersey saw a massive one-day surge, shown second from left

Sixteen states recorded their highest number of hospitalizations this week

Sixteen states recorded their highest number of hospitalizations this week

Sixteen states recorded their highest number of hospitalizations this week

Hospitalizations are increasing at an alarming rate in Arizona and California, in particular

Hospitalizations are increasing at an alarming rate in Arizona and California, in particular

Hospitalizations are increasing at an alarming rate in Arizona and California, in particular

Birx, who announced before Christmas that she would retire when Joe Biden takes office, after being left behind for ignoring COVID guidelines during the holidays, did the analysis at a recent meeting of the group of White House coronavirus work.

She presented a series of charts and tables, officials said, which showed a sharp increase in cases.

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Birx speculated that this could be due to the fact that a new, more infectious variant of the virus is circulating – in the same way Britain has been rocked by the new strain B.1.1.7.

His concerns made their way into the weekly report sent to state governors, which leaked Friday.

“This fall / winter surge was almost twice as fast as the rate of increase in cases in spring and summer,” the report says.

“This acceleration suggests that there may be an American variant that has evolved here, in addition to the British variant that is already spreading in our communities and could be 50% more transmissible.

“Aggressive mitigation must be used to deal with a more aggressive virus.

Nationwide, more than 21.8 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and 368,679 deaths.

What is the ‘mutant COVID strain’ and why are experts concerned?

Coronaviruses mutate regularly, acquiring about one new mutation in their genome every two weeks.

Most mutations do not significantly change the way the virus works.

This super strain, named B.1.1.7, was first identified in the UK in November.

It has since been found in France, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Singapore, Australia and now in the United States.

The new COVID-19 variant has a mutation in the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein at position 501, where the amino acid asparagine (N) has been replaced by tyrosine (Y).

It is more contagious than the previous strains and potentially more harmful to children.

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However, it is no longer believed to be fatal.

Researchers at Public Health England compared 1,769 people infected with the new variant, with 1,769 who had one of the earlier strains of the virus.

Forty-two people from the group were admitted to the hospital, 16 of whom had the new variant and 26 had the wild type.

Twelve of the variant cases and 10 of the “older” virus cases died within four weeks of testing.

Neither hospitalization nor differences in mortality were statistically significant.

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