The daily coronavirus death toll in the US reached 2,157 on Tuesday – one person every 40 seconds. It was the first time since May that deaths from Covid-19 had passed 2,000 in 24 hours.
The deadliest day in more than six months was still short of the record of 2,806 deaths on 14 April, the Reuters news agency said, citing its own tally of official data.
Also on Tuesday, 170,000 new infections were reported, while hospitalisations reached 87,000. Experts say the numbers of infections may grow with millions of Americans disregarding official warnings and traveling for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday