US surpasses 300,000 COVID-19 deaths

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(NEW YORK) — More than 300,000 people have now died of COVID-19 in the United States.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Monday afternoon reported 300,267 total coronavirus fatalities, with the Covid Tracking Project on Sunday reporting a seven-day average of 2,427 deaths — a new record, and 300 deaths more per day than at the peak of the spring wave.   An average of more than one person in the U.S. has died of COVID-18 every minute for nearly two weeks now.

The latest forecast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates the U.S. will see a total of 332,000 to 362,000 COVID-19 deaths by the week ending January 2.

Also Sunday, the Covid Tracking Project reported a new single-day record for COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., with 109,331, and a new record-high seven-day average of new reported cases, with 211,484.  Over the weekend, the U.S. crossed the 16 million cases threshold, with over 16.3 million reported cases as of Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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