Nearly 180 people reported to have died of COVID-19 in Georgia in 24 hours, marking state’s deadliest day

ATLANTA — Saturday marked the single deadliest day in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Georgia Department of Health reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus in a single 24-hour period.

Health officials also reported 3,285 new cases Saturday.

At least 13,324 people have died of COVID-19 in Georgia since the first cases were reported in the state last March. Another 1,766 people are likely to have died from the virus, the Department of Health reported.

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The five deadliest days of the pandemic in Georgia have all been in the last two weeks. They are:

  • Feb. 5 -- 179
  • Jan. 19 -- 167
  • Feb. 2 -- 162
  • Jan. 22 -- 160
  • Jan. 30 -- 158

Doctors warned of a potential surge of infections and deaths after the Christmas holidays, although new cases seem to be on a downturn this week.

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