Coronavirus latest: US hospitalisations hit lowest since presidential election

California has actually ended up being the very first United States state to validate 50,000 coronavirus deaths given that the start of the pandemic after reporting a record one-day boost of more than 1,000 casualties.

An additional 1,114 deaths were credited to coronavirus, the state’s health department exposed on Thursday.

The record one-day boost was because of an undercounting of casualties in hard-hit Los Angeles, where authorities stated substantial checks of death records had actually recognized 806 coronavirus-related deaths that were not at first tape-recorded as such. “The majority of these deaths occurred during the surge between December 3rd, 2020 and February 3rd, 2021,” LA Public Health said.

All up, this took California’s death toll to 50,991. Almost 21,000 of these were in Los Angeles county, where hospital resources and emergency services were stretched thin during the winter surge

That is about 10 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in the US in the year since the first confirmed fatality in the country. The US death toll crossed 500,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is now at 506,500.

Line chart of Highest Covid-19 death tolls in the US showing California becomes first state to confirm 50,000 coronavirus deaths

Adjusted for population, California’s death toll equates to about 129 deaths per 100,000 people. That is the 28th highest in the US, according to a Financial Times analysis of Covid Tracking Project data.

California passed a more encouraging milestone on Thursday, with the health department revealing it had administered more than 8m vaccine doses, which is more than any other state in absolute terms.

California, the most populous US state, has administered 19,933 shots per 100,000 people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of February 24. That is the 28th-highest rate among US states.

California’s health department on Thursday reported an additional 4,965 coronavirus cases, taking the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic to 3.46m.

The number of people with coronavirus currently in hospitals across the state eased to 6,520. That is the fewest number of patients since November 24, just before Thanksgiving.

California is one of several states in recent weeks to revise coronavirus deaths or case numbers. Processing of death certificates in Virginia have seen the state, in the past five days, revise its death toll higher by about 10 per cent to more than 7,800. Ohio earlier revealed “about 4,000” casualties that at first went unrecorded, increasing its death toll at the time to about 16,300.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.