In the U.S., more than 100-thousand people are currently in hospital with COVID-19 the first time since January the number has surpassed that mark.
This is double number recorded in August last year before vaccines were rolled out.
According to reports the spike is being driven by the Delta variant and most of those hospitalized are not vaccinated.
In Mississippi, more than 61 percent of ICU beds have COVID-19 patients.
Florida and Georgia have 25 percent of their inpatient hospital beds occupied with COVID-19 patients.
Such high rate of occupancy by COVID-19 patients could affect patients with other illnesses that need immediate medical attention.
The country has averaged more than 152- thousand new Covid-19 cases a day over the past week -- 13 times more than nine weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.