America's deadliest week: 21,752 die in the first days of 2021 pushing death ...

The United States in the past week has reported more deaths from COVID-19 than it has in any other week during the pandemic.

According to the COVID-19 tracking Project, the record 21,752 deaths over the last week - the first time is hit over 20,000 - comes from across the country as fatalities rise in every single region.

On Saturday, there were 3,500 new deaths from coronavirus reported nationwide.

While the national number had dropped from its new peak of 4,000 earlier this week, California hit a new record of 695 coronavirus deaths bringing its death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233.

Los Angeles County now accounts for 40 percent of the state's deaths despite only having 25 percent of its population after it reported 1,000 deaths in the past four days.

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Nationwide, there have now been more than 22.1million Americans infection with COVID-19 and 372,428 deaths since the start of the pandemic.  

Los Angeles hospitals dealing with the surge of COVID-19 cases are using refrigerated trailers to temporarily store the deceased, pictured. It now accounts for 40% of the state's deaths despite only having 25% of its population after it reported 1,000 deaths in the past four days

Los Angeles hospitals dealing with the surge of COVID-19 cases are using refrigerated trailers to temporarily store the deceased, pictured. It now accounts for 40% of the state's deaths despite only having 25% of its population after it reported 1,000 deaths in the past four days

The U.S. this week reported more deaths from COVID-19 than it has in any other week during the pandemic, as pictured in COVID Tracking Project data above right

The U.S. this week reported more deaths from COVID-19 than it has in any other week during the pandemic, as pictured in COVID Tracking Project data above right

The COVID Tracking Project said that the outbreak in California is now is now in a 'dire state' as it now averages more than 410 deaths and nearly 40k new cases a day, pictured

The COVID Tracking Project said that the outbreak in California is now is now in a 'dire state' as it now averages more than 410 deaths and nearly 40k new cases a day, pictured 

There were 261,994 new cases reported on Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, down from 310,080 new cases the previous day.

Current hospitalizations are 130,777 with the seven-day average in hospitalizations climbing to a record 130,350.

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The seven-day average for deaths also broke a new record reaching 3,091.

The COVID Tracking Project said that the outbreak in California is now is now in a 'dire state' as it now averages more than 410 deaths and nearly 40k new cases a day.

'One in 105 people in CA have tested positive for COVID-19 in 2021,' it adds. 

The state is bringing in refrigerated trucks to store bodies as morgues and hospitals struggle.

California desperately needs more medical workers at facilities swamped by coronavirus patients, and almost no help is coming from a volunteer program that Gov. Gavin Newsom created at the start of the pandemic.

An army of 95,000 initially raised their hands, but just 14 are now working in the field after others failed to meet requirements and qualifications. 

Very few volunteers actually met qualifications for the California Health Corps, and only a tiny sliver have the high-level experience needed to help with the most serious virus cases that are stretching intensive care units to the limit.

'Unfortunately, it hasn´t worked out, and the goal is laudable,' said Stephanie Roberson, government relations director for the California Nurses Association.

Newsom formed the Health Corps in anticipation of the cascading crises

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