The number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States increased in November, ending the two consecutive months of decline after the summer wave in the country.
The increase in the number of hospitalizations is accompanied by an increase in the daily number of new coronavirus infections and an increase in the number of deaths, which has raised concerns about the fifth wave of pandemic in the United States entering the winter.
According to an analysis of data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday by the Financial Times, on November 30, there were 58,067 Covid-19 patients in U.S. hospitals. This marks a 20% increase from the end of October, which is the lowest level since the end of July, but below the summer high of over 103,000 at the end of August.
According to the analysis of HHS data by the Financial Times, the average 7-day hospitalization rate in approximately three-fifths of the states in the United States is higher than the level at the end of October. The northeastern states of Michigan and Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont—temperatures have fallen—reported the highest average number of patients in November.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the week ending November 30, there were an average of approximately 82,500 new Covid-19 cases per day in the United States, an increase of 16% since the end of October.
The average number of deaths related to the new crown virus is 816, which is lower than the nearly 1,200 per day at the end of October, but due to the delay in reporting after the long weekend of Thanksgiving, the latest number may be lower.
CDC data on Wednesday showed that more than 70% of the U.S. population had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 59.4% of the population had been fully vaccinated. Nearly 42 million Americans have received booster injections.
At a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated that approximately 80 million Americans have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19. Since he and other senior health officials revealed that the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the United States was found in California, he urged them to sign up for the vaccination.