US records its highest daily COVID death toll EVER: 3,157 people died from virus yesterday - eclipsing previous record by 20% - as LA plunges into lockdown, CDC warns against Christmas travel and Biden says 250,000 more will die by January

 The US has reported its biggest ever daily Covid death toll, eclipsing the previous highest number by more than 500 fatalities. 

There were 3,157 deaths recorded on Wednesday from the virus, the highest since the start of the pandemic 20 per cent higher than the previous record of 2,603 recorded on April 15.

The rising figures come amid record hospitalizations and infections as the second wave of the virus continues to surge through the country.

Hospitalizations broke 100,000 for the first time and daily cases surpassed 200,000 this week as the pandemic show no sign of abating, even with hopes of a vaccine being rolled out this month.

The surge prompted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to order residents to stay in their homes, banning all travel including walking, closing non-essential businesses and threatening to arrest anyone breaking the new lockdown rules. 

President-elect Joe Biden has even warned that as many as 250,000 more people will die by January, when he takes office.  

'The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,' Dr Henry Walke, the CDC's incident manager for COVID-19 response, told reporters in a media call on Wednesday.

'Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing. Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase.'    

Of the people hospitalized, more than 19,000 are in ICUs and nearly 7,000 people are on a ventilator, according to the Covid Tracking Project. 

'Any thinking person has to be worried. That we have so many hospitalizations speaks to the fact that we have done a very poor job of controlling this pandemic,' Philip Landrigan, director of a global public health program at Boston College, told the New York Times. 

'It is spreading very rapidly, and in many places, it is basically spreading out of control.'

The record-breaking tallies for both hospitalizations and new cases come as the CDC officially cut the quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus from 14 days to between seven and 10 days, and a leaked White House report revealed the US is 'at historic risk' for uncontrolled coronavirus transmission.

The US has reported its biggest ever daily Covid death toll with 3,157, eclipsing the previous highest number by more than 500 fatalities

The US has reported its biggest ever daily Covid death toll with 3,157, eclipsing the previous highest number by more than 500 fatalities

The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travels plans and stay at home for Christmas and the holiday season. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding flights at Denver International Airport in Colorado, November 24

The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travels plans and stay at home for Christmas and the holiday season. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding flights at Denver International Airport in Colorado, November 24

It comes as a leaked White House coronavirus task force report revealed the US is at 'a historic risk' for COVID-19 transmission and all Americans are in danger (above)

It comes as a leaked White House coronavirus task force report revealed the US is at 'a historic risk' for COVID-19 transmission and all Americans are in danger (above)

The number of hospitalizations in the U.S. has now reached a record 100,226 on Tuesday, with the number of cases surpassed 200,000. This is the first time the U.S. has reached both those metrics

The number of hospitalizations in the U.S. has now reached a record 100,226 on Tuesday, with the number of cases surpassed 200,000. This is the first time the U.S. has reached both those metrics

Residents of Los Angeles were given an emergency order on Wednesday 'to remain in their homes' effective immediately amid a surge of coronavirus cases

Residents of Los Angeles were given an emergency order on Wednesday 'to remain in their homes' effective immediately amid a surge of coronavirus cases

The fears led to President-elect Joe Biden warning that as many as 250,000 more people will die by January at a round-table on Wednesday

The fears led to President-elect Joe Biden warning that as many as 250,000 more people will die by January at a round-table on Wednesday

The number of people who have died has now topped 2,733 in a single day - the highest daily toll toll since April, according to the Covid Tracking Project. On April 14, the U.S. recorded 2,703 deaths but New York added an extra 3,778 probable deaths to its daily toll on the same day, causing the number to spike

The number of people who have died has now topped 2,733 in a single day - the highest daily toll toll since April, according to the Covid Tracking Project. On April 14, the U.S. recorded 2,703 deaths but New York added an extra 3,778 probable deaths to its daily toll on the same day, causing the number to spike 

At a roundtable with workers affected by the pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden made the dire prediction that 250,000 more Americans could die over the next two months. 

Biden, who warned of a 'dark winter', did not offer details to back up his assessment.   

We're likely to lose another 250,000 people dead between now and January,' Biden said. 'You hear me? Because people aren't paying attention.'

He added: 'You cannot be traveling during these holidays, as much as you want to.'

On Tuesday, a  CDC official belabored that the safest thing Americans could do this holiday season is forego travel plans and stay home. 

Dr Cindy Friedman, chief of the CDC's travelers health branch, said that even a small percentage of people leaving their homes could lead to thousands of cases.  

'Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread the virus during the journey and into communities where travelers visit or live,' she said. 

'We know it's a hard decision, and people need time to prepare and have discussions with family and friends and to make these decisions.' 

Similar recommendations were issued by the CDC ahead of Thanksgiving, with guidance towards staying home and postponing travel.


 

 

However, millions of Americans ignored the warnings and the number of people passing through Travel Security Administration checkpoints in airports were at their highest levels since mid-March. 

For those who do choose to travel, the CDC recommended getting tested for COVID-19 between one and three days before the trip and again three to five days afterwards. 

Additionally, those who return should avoid performing any nonessential activities for seven days. 

It comes the same day that the CDC released new guidelines for quarantining after exposure to the coronavirus for those who do not have symptoms.  

It is recommended that if you receive a negative test, you can resume normal activity seven days after you were first exposed.

If you choose not to receive test, you can resume day-to-day activities after 10 days.

Additionally, a leaked report from the White House revealed that 'the COVID risk to all Americans is at an historic high.'

'We are in a very dangerous place,' the task force said in the report, sent to states Tuesday, and obtained by NBC News. 

The report, which is sent every week to US states, appeared to show the entire country as one giant hotspot with almost every county reporting at least 200 cases per 100,000 people.  

'I have no doubt that we're going to see a climbing death toll...and that's a horrific and tragic place to be,' Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Associated Press

'It's going to be a very dark couple of weeks.' 

US records its highest daily COVID death toll EVER: 3,157 people died from virus yesterday - eclipsing previous record by 20% - as LA plunges into lockdown, CDC warns against Christmas travel and Biden says 250,000 more will die by January US records its highest daily COVID death toll EVER: 3,157 people died from virus yesterday - eclipsing previous record by 20% - as LA plunges into lockdown, CDC warns against Christmas travel and Biden says 250,000 more will die by January Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:38 Rating: 5

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