The coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen in the United States as the country has reported a record number of people dying from COVID-19 in a single day – again.
More … than 4,400 people across the country are believed to have died of the virus Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The previous record for daily deaths was only reached last week, when more than 4,100 people died in one day.
The country has also taken other grim milestones for the virus in recent weeks, including peak rate of new infections and hospitalizations, The Washington Post reported.
Since the pandemic started last year, more than 22.8 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 381,000 people have died.
Blacks and Latinxes have been disproportionately hit hard, being about four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than whites, and almost three times more likely to die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration vaccine roll-out is going much slower than expected: Just over 10 million Americans have received their first doses of the vaccine so far, about half of the 20 million Americans who the administration says would be vaccinated by the end of 2020.
This week the Trump administration says all residents over 65 and those with underlying health conditions should be eligible for vaccinations. The administration will also no longer withhold vaccines for the second doses, but will release all those available for more widespread administration of the first doses.
President-elect Joe Biden takes office in a week, at the height of the pandemic and as President Donald Trump faces impeachment proceedings for inciting a deadly riot on Capitol Hill last week. Biden said bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control was his administration’s top priority, and he would start with asking all Americans to wear masks.
Several Democratic members of Congress have tested positive for the virus after taking cover with the Republican colleagues who refused to wear masks during the pro-Trump uprising.
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