The daily U.S. death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking as the paralyzing coronavirus pandemic showed little sign of easing Thursday.
The Johns Hopkins University data dashboard reported 1,195 U.S. deaths Wednesday, high by standards of recent weeks but still only half of the daily toll during the outbreak’s deadly peak in the spring. The Covid Tracking Project, however, showed almost 60,000 people are currently hospitalized, less than 200 short of the highest totals from April.
The scary numbers could continue to drive unemployment claims as states pause reopening their economies amid the surge. Economists estimate the U.S. Department of Labor will report more than 1 million jobless claims Thursday.
Worldwide confirmed cases topped 15 million late Wednesday as the Trump administration placed an order for 100 million doses of a vaccine candidate being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a German firm.