In the week ended Jan. 3, more than 18,400 people died from COVID-19 in the US. Also, nearly 1.5M new infections were recorded last week, up 16.5% from the previous seven days. More than 126,000 patients are currently in hospitals, up 25% from a month ago. The country has now recorded over 362,000 deaths. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the US with nearly 78,000 deaths.