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Los Angeles County Covid-19 deaths in a day equals city's homicide deaths in a year, mayor says

January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The number of people dying of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County in a day is now equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw in an entire year, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a Thursday news conference.

(CNN)The number of people dying of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County in a day is now equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw in an entire year, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a Thursday news conference.

The city of Los Angeles has a population of nearly 4 million people, while the county's population is about 10 million.

Los Angeles County officials now say one person dies of Covid-19 every eight minutes.

"People who were otherwise leading healthy, productive lives are now passing away because of a chance encounter with the Covid-19 virus," health officials said earlier this week.

More than 8,000 people are hospitalized with the virus across Los Angeles County, 20% of whom are in intensive care units.

Since January 3, the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients jumped by more than 550 people, health officials said Thursday.

"Everyone in L. A. County, businesses and residents, needs to follow the rules if there is any chance we can get out of this surge by the end of the month," Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

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