California reports record daily rise in COVID-19 deaths on New Year's Day

Jan 02, 2021

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California reports record daily rise in COVID-19 deaths on New Year's Day

California (US), January 2: California reported its highest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths on New Year's Day since the onset of the pandemic.
A total of 585 new coronavirus related deaths were reported during the previous 24 hours, shattering Thursday's record of 428 deaths by a significant amount, according to the latest data released by the Golden State government on Friday.
Los Angeles County, the most populous U.S. county, has been a major driver of the death surge, as the county's Department of Public Health reported 207 related deaths on Friday.
The county also saw 20,414 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, when California reported 47,189 new cases.
California has seen more than 2.29 million cases and 25,971 deaths from the disease, among which 790,582 cases were found in Los Angeles County with 10,552 deaths.
The CBSLA news channel reported that hospitals across the Los Angeles and other counties in Southern California had been stretched to their limits, as the county's seven-day daily positivity rate increased from 18.2 percent on Christmas Day to 21.5 percent on New Year's Day.
Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, told CBSLA Thursday that there were reports of hospitals being so overwhelmed that ambulances were being forced to wait up to eight hours in emergency bays to unload passengers.
"We're running out of ambulances, and our response to 911 calls is getting longer and longer," she said.
Source: Xinhua