According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the US exceeds 20 million coronavirus cases on the first day of 2021, another grim milestone as states grapples with distributing vaccines.
For months, the US has recorded the highest number of infections and deaths linked to the novel coronavirus in the world, registered just more than 20 million infections at about midday on Friday.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the tally is nearly double that of India, which at more than 10.2 million cases has the second most infections globally.
The US has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections over the holiday season. As gatherings and cross-country travel have fuelled the spread of the virus, officials and healthcare workers have warned that hospitals are being stretched to their limits.
This week, Johns Hopkins University reported that the US logged a record-high, single-day death toll on December 30 at 3,927. The country has now recorded more than 346,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The latest figures come as Donald Trump’s administration missed a year-end goal of administering COVID-19 vaccines to 20 million people. The US exceeds 20 million coronavirus cases on the first day of 2021, another grim milestone as states grapples with distributing vaccines. Here