Los Angeles has change into the first county within the nation to report greater than 1 million coronavirus cases, well being officers mentioned.
Greater than 14,669 new cases have been reported on Saturday, bringing its complete depend to 1,003,923, the Los Angeles County’s Division of Public Well being mentioned.
The grim milestone comes as there are 7,597 folks presently hospitalized with the virus and have been at the very least 13,741 deaths.
“Our neighborhood is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing large numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, 5 occasions what we skilled over the summer season,” Barbara Ferrer, who’s director of the county’s Division of Public Well being.
Well being officers on Saturday additionally confirmed its first case of the brand new pressure of coronavirus first detected in the UK.
The affected person is a person who just lately hung out within the county and now has traveled to Oregon, the place he’s isolating.
“This extra contagious variant makes it simpler for infections to unfold at worksites, at shops, and in our houses,” Ferrer mentioned. “We’re within the midst of a public well being emergency so please do the whole lot you’ll be able to to shield yourselves and people you’re keen on.”