The US had the largest single-day increase in coronavirus deaths in nearly seven months on Tuesday, while hospital admissions hit a record of more than 98,000.
According to data from the Covid Tracking Project, the states attributed an additional 2,473 deaths to the coronavirus, more than double Monday's 1,136 increase.
It was the largest single-day increase in deaths since the May 7 record of 2,752 and the sixth largest in the pandemic, according to the Financial Times analysis of the data.
For the month of November, the coronavirus claimed the lives of 38,935 people in the United States and brought the death toll in the country to 261,789.
This made it the deadliest month of the pandemic for the country as a whole after April and May, when deaths were mostly concentrated in northeastern states like New York and New Jersey, as well as Michigan in the Midwest. However, a total of 26 states reported their largest monthly number of Covid-19 deaths in November.
The number of people in U.S. hospitals currently being treated for coronavirus more than doubled in November, hitting a record of 98,691 on November 30. This is based on data from the Covid Tracking Project on Tuesday.
Medical staff prepare to perform a tracheotomy on a Covid-19 patient at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston
About two-thirds of all states reported the highest number of hospitalizations due to the pandemic in November, while Hawaii is the only place where hospital admissions are lower than they were in late October.
An additional 176,751 Covid-19 cases have been reported by states, up from 147,588 on Monday and compared to 167,012 on Tuesday last week. It was the largest one-day jump since the November 27 record of 193,805.
In November, the US confirmed 4.39 million cases more than any other month, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 13.5 million.
According to an FT analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project, the average case rate of all states except New York, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, South Carolina and Washington DC hit record highs in November.
Increased testing capacity since the summer means cases may not directly compare to earlier stages of the pandemic, while better treatments have usually resulted in death rates being much lower than in the spring.