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Hospitalizations set new record as U.S. toll nears 250,000

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With the death toll in the United States nearing a quarter million, several foreboding figures pointed at a pandemic with no end in sight.

On Wednesday, covid-19 killed nearly 1,900 people — the highest number of fatalities reported in a single day since the first week of May, during some of the pandemic’s darkest days. And on the same day, the country set a record for the number of virus patients hospitalized, a number that has more than doubled in the last month.

Here are some significant developments:

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