Most populous U.S. county sees nearly 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in one week

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, recorded nearly 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in one week as the disease is “running rampant,” local health officials said on Thursday.

The county, home to 10 million residents, on Thursday reported 17,323 new confirmed cases and 287 additional deaths, pushing its cumulative cases up to 975,299 with 13,234 related deaths, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported in a daily release.

As of last Thursday, the COVID-19 death toll in the county was 11,545.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles County has gone from under 800 two months ago to the current 7,906, with 21 percent of them in intensive care units, said the department.

It is estimated that more than 3 million residents in the county have been infected with the COVID-19, The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday, citing new estimates by county scientists.

The astonishing estimate, based on scientific modeling, means that one in three Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the coronavirus.

“When we ask our residents to stay home and follow the rules and businesses to follow the Health Officer Orders, it is to stop the loss of life from COVID-19,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said in a release.

“This disease is running rampant right now, and we continue to plead with residents, businesses and government, the community to do all possible to stop the spread,” she noted. Enditem

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