Covid 19: LA sets new record for hospitalisations

Sunday’s figure broke the record set a day earlier with 3,850 hospitalised patients…reports Asian Lite News

Los Angeles County has set a new record of Covid-19 hospitalizations for a fourth consecutive day with over 10,000 new cases.

According to the latest data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Sunday, 4,009 people are currently hospitalised with 21 per cent in the ICU, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sunday’s figure broke the record set a day earlier with 3,850 hospitalised patients.

Meanwhile, the department reported 12,731 new cases and 29 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, bringing the tally of new infections to 525,486 and 8,298 related deaths.

On December 7, when hospitalizations were 2,988, Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned that the figure could climb to 4,000 within two weeks, which came in just six days.

Haig Aintablian, a senior physician with the University of California Los Angeles Emergency Medicine program, was quoted by the local KTLA news channel as saying that the current situation was the worst he had seen for hospital systems in the county and local hospitals were “almost at a critical point”.

As the first shipments of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine left Michigan early Sunday for 145 distribution centres in the US and was scheduled to arrived Los Angeles County on Monday, local authorities repeatedly warned residents to wear mask.

“1 in 100 people in LA County are currently infected with Covid-19. Don’t gather and wear your face covering whenever you are outside your house,” the Department of Public Health tweeted on Sunday night.

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