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  • The highest single-day total of COVID-19 deaths occurred on Dec. 9.
  • This exceeds the 2,977 people who died on the day of the September 11 attacks.
  • The country has seen some of the deadliest days in American history during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Dec. 9, 3,054 Americans died from COVID-19 the new highest single-day record after May 7, when 2,769 people died. 


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The date now marks the first single day of the coronavirus pandemic where the death toll exceeded that of 9/11, when 2,977 people died, and also exceeds that of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which was recently estimated to be around 3,000 (higher than previously thought). Along with historic numbers of deaths on each of four consecutive days, Wednesday brought the seven-day average for COVID-19 deaths to an all-time high.

States reported nearly 1.8 million coronavirus tests, 210,000 new cases and a record 106,688 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, according to The COVID Tracking Project, which tracks state-level coronavirus data. California also reported a new single-day case record at 30,851. 


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Published on Dec 10, 2020