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US, daily average of new confirmed cases exceeded 800,000… Medical system ‘red light’

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In the United States, the number of hospitalized patients with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) exceeded 800,000 for the first time since the pandemic, causing an emergency in the medical system.

As of the 13th (local time), the New York Times reported that there were 80,3736 confirmed cases of Corona 19 in the United States on average per day for the past week. This is the first time that the average daily number of confirmed cases has exceeded 800,000. Compared to two weeks ago, it has increased by about 2.33 times.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 also reached a new high. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of the 14th, a total of 157,272 people are hospitalized. The New York Times recently set a new record for an average of 148,782 inpatients with COVID-19 per day over the past week, up 79% from two weeks ago.

The average daily death toll rose 53 percent from two weeks ago to 1,873.

As the number of hospitalized patients rapidly increases, the situation in hospitals is significantly deteriorating. According to the New York Times, data from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that 24 of the 50 states, including Georgia, Maryland and Massachusetts, had more than 80 percent of bed occupancy.

The US government has sent large-scale support personnel to fill the shortage of medical personnel.

Since November 25, last year, the White House has dispatched more than 350 surgeons, nurses and medics to hospitals in 24 states experiencing shortages. About 14,000 National Guard personnel were also sent to 49 states.

Six more states, including Michigan, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island, are planning to send an additional 1,000 military personnel.

Minnesota Governor Tim Wales announced plans to invest $40 million in federal funding to hire additional medical staff, while Oregon Governor Kate Brown will add 700 to the 500 National Guard personnel already sent to hospitals. announced that additional

Washington Governor Jay Insley said hospitals are suspending non-urgent surgeries for the time being to focus on treating emergency patients.

However, the number of confirmed cases began to stagnate in some areas, such as the northeast, where the spread of Omicron started first.

The number of confirmed cases began to stagnate in some areas, such as the northeast where the spread of Omicron was first, although the mutation of Corona 19, which became the dominant species in the United States, was cited as the cause of the increase in the number of confirmed cases.

CNN reported that seven states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, New York and Kansas, reported that the number of confirmed cases fluctuated less than 10% in the past week. In Washington, D.C., the number of cases fell by 19%.

However, experts say it will still be weeks before these changes turn out to be a trend, CNN reported.

This is because the tests are not yet sufficiently conducted, and those who test positive at home through rapid antigen tests are not caught in the official count. Hospitals may have delayed the report of confirmed cases due to a large number of patients.

“The key is consistency over a long enough period of time to get a real trend,” said Andrew Fervia, a University of Utah researcher.

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