(FreedomBeacon.com)- COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire again, and it this week resulted in a dire day for the country.
On Tuesday, there were more than 1,000 deaths as a result of COVID-19 reported in the United States, according to Reuters. That equates to about 42 deaths every hour.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the main culprit behind the huge spike in infections and deaths around the country. It is particularly ravaging parts of the country that have low rates of vaccination against COVID-19.
Reuters reported that deaths from the coronavirus have spiked in the last month in the U.S. The current average is 769 deaths as a result of coronavirus every day. That marks the highest tally since the middle of April.
Also on Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that he was extending measures that are meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, particularly among people who are traveling to other parts of the country.
People who are traveling on trains, buses and airplanes will all be required to wear masks. People will also be required to wear the face coverings while they are waiting in train stations and in airports.
The Tuesday tally by Reuters ended up at 1,017 deaths from coronavirus. That brought the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the United States to just about 623,000 people since the start of the outbreak in America back in March of 2020. That number is the highest total of any country in the entire world.
Tuesday’s death total marked the first time since March that there were more than 1,000 recorded deaths from coronavirus in a single day.
In response to the new outbreak across the country, government officials in the U.S. are doing all they can to accelerate the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, especially in parts of the country where the rates are very low.
As a result of this renewed effort — as well as the awareness people are having of the danger of the Delta variant — vaccinations have increased 14% over the last two weeks. That data comes from the group Our World in Data.
When vaccinations were first rolled out in the U.S. in late winter, some states and localities were giving out incentives to people who got vaccinated. While those incentives have stopped for the most part, there have been new motivations for people to get the vaccine.
Some states and local governments are starting to impose restrictions on people who aren’t vaccinated. Some businesses are also doing the same.
While this is happening, though, hospitalizations as a result of coronavirus are increasing exponentially. Over the last two weeks, the number of people in hospitals across the U.S. for COVID-19 has increased roughly 70%. This is causing some hospital systems to run out of beds, in a similar fashion to what happened at the pandemic’s height in the spring of 2020.
In addition to the number of overall people getting infecting rising, children are proving to be more vulnerable, too.
The Delta variant caused 1,834 children to be hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.