California virus deaths top 30,000 after deadliest weekend

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 10:47:42-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California has hit another grim coronavirus milestone.

Data from John Hopkins University on Monday showed the nation's most populous state has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the pandemic started nearly a year ago.

Deaths have exploded since a COVID-19 surge began in October. It took the state six months to record its first 10,000 deaths. But in barely a month the total rose from 20,000 to 30,000.

Over the weekend, the state reported a two-day record of 1,163 deaths.

Hospitalizations also have exploded and many hospitals are stretched to the limit.

Health officials have warned the worst is yet to come later this month.

As of Jan. 10, San Diego County has recorded 191,888 coronavirus cases, with 1,857 confirmed virus-related deaths.