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The US recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic Thursday — tallying 5,077 COVID-19 deaths and exceeding the previous pandemic peak set in January by more than 600, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The staggering death toll appears to be largely due to a backlog of data released Wednesday from Indiana, which identified 1,507 more cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the Guardian reported.
The previous record was set on Jan. 12 when 4,466 coronavirus deaths were recorded.
Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said the deaths — including 302 since the beginning of the year — were found during a year-end audit of coronavirus deaths, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported that the newly identified deaths will be added to the state’s tally of about 9,700 COVID-19 fatalities.
“This isn’t going to be the last time we audit. And by the way, I would suggest 49 other states continue to do regular audits,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, according to the news outlet.
On Thursday, 122,473 new cases of the virus also were recorded, down from the previous daily high of 300,282 from Jan. 2, JHU data shows.
As of Friday morning, 455,915 deaths and 26,681,420 cases were confirmed across the US, according to the data.
The global death count was over 2.2 million Friday, with about 105 million confirmed cases of the illness.
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