Health officials say California has passed 25,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The grim milestone recorded on Friday comes as the country’s most populous state faces an outbreak of COVID-19 infections that has forced hospitals and doctors to treat more patients than usual.
The State Department of Public Health said hospitals in Southern California and the San Joaquin Agricultural Valley, which together make up a large majority of the state’s 40 million people, have no more. capacity in intensive care units to treat patients with Covid-19.
Hospitals house patients in hallways, conference rooms, cafeteria, and gift shops. Makeshift hospitals are set up in tents, arenas and schools.
California was the third state to reach 25,000 deaths, behind New York, which has nearly 38,000, and Texas, which has more than 27,000, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
California reported its first case of Covid-19 in late January. He recorded his 10,000th death from the virus in August.
Most states are under recently extended restrictions that have closed or reduced the capacity of businesses, and people are urged to stay in their homes as much as possible to try and slow the spread of infections.
A mutant variant of the coronavirus that appears to be more contagious has been found in southern California, where the state’s most populous county has recorded more than 10,000 deaths and authorities have warned they will be patrolling the streets to shut down large New Years gatherings which could spread the infection.
Los Angeles County has taken a “terrible step” with 274 additional deaths in 24 hours for a record 10,056 deaths, Los Angeles County Health Director Dr Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday.
The 14-day daily death toll from Covid-19 has averaged around 150 people, “roughly equal to the number of deaths from all other causes, which is around 170,” Ferrer said . “Most heartbreaking is that if we had done a better job of reducing the transmission of the virus, many of these deaths would not have happened.” The county, which has seen about 40% of the state’s virus deaths, is one of nearly two dozen in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley agricultural region where intensive care units hospitals are technically short of space, although patients in intensive care are placed. in other hospital areas under “surge” procedures.