U.S. Surges Past 40 Million Covid Infections—Daily Case Count Far Higher Than Labor Day Weekend Of 2020

The total number of Covid-19 infections in the United States since the start of the pandemic surpassed 40 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as a fourth wave fueled by the delta variant is pushing the hospital systems in many states to their breaking point.

Back on Memorial Day in late May, which many consider the unofficial start of summer, the U.S. was averaging fewer than 25,000 cases per day, but that number had risen above 160,000 by Labor Day.

The daily case count in the U.S. is 316% higher than Labor Day weekend last year, and hospitalizations are up 158% from a year ago, USA Today reported Monday.

A total of 648,910 Covid-related deaths have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, with the daily death rate spiking 55% over the past two weeks and the country averaging more than 1,500 fatalities per day for the first time since late March.

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