The United States hit 1 million new Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data compiled by @NBCNews.
Washington, D.C., and Florida have had the largest jump in new cases in the last two weeks.

Washington saw Covid cases increase by 902% in that time period, while cases in Florida went up 744%, according to an @NBCNews analysis of state and local health data.
The record-breaking single-day total could be a reflection of delayed reporting as a number of states did not announce data on New Year’s Eve and during the holiday weekend.
The average number of daily hospitalizations in the U.S. was 93,281 as of Monday, an increase of 35% in the last two weeks.

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