LA reports highest number of daily new cases of COVID-19

School bus drivers lead a caravan through downtown Los Angeles to demand that Congress and California legislators provide sufficient funding to ensure all students have the support they need for distance learning and the eventual safe return to in-person classes during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Los Angeles County reported on Thursday a total of 5,031 new COVID-19 cases, a new high of daily increase since the start of the pandemic.

The Department of Public Health of the most populous county in the United States also registered 29 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 7,363, and the total infections has reached 353,232, according to the daily release.

There have been a total of 8,975 new cases reported over the last two days, said the release, adding that the county is experiencing “a dangerous acceleration of cases that is increasing at a higher rate than the July surge.”

Officials said that there are 1,238 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 28 percent of them are in the ICU. The daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county have increased nearly every day since Nov. 2, when the number was 777.

“As cases are surging and hospitalizations are increasing, we need to stay home as much as possible, protect those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions, and stop gathering with people not in our households,” said the county’s Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. 

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