USA hits 20 million cases

More than 20 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus as of Friday afternoon.

US infections now make up nearly a quarter of the global total.

December was the deadliest month of the pandemic yet in the US, with coronavirus killing more than 77,000 Americans in the span of 31 days – outstripping the previous record fatalities from April by nearly a third.

The US rang in 2021 with a grim new record: coronavirus hospitalizations hit an all-time high for the fourth day in a row on New Years Eve with nearly 125,400 people in inpatient treatment.

Another 227,315 new infections were confirmed on Thursday, bring the tally to 20,007,149, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Deaths dropped slightly to a still-harrowing 3,419 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins, after two consecutive record-setting days with over 3,700 each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday’s figure marked the 10th day this month that deaths have exceeded 3,000, with 346,408 recorded to date.

New Year’s Eve rounded out December as the deadliest month of the pandemic on record for the US, with more than 77,000 fatalities.

While the nation pinned its hope for finally bringing the pandemic to its knees on coronavirus vaccines, widespread issues with the rollout saw 2020 come to a close with only about 3.17 million people vaccinated, according to Bloomberg News- 16 percent of the official 20 million target Operation Warp Speed set for the end of the year.

Confusion over who can get the vaccine abounds across the country, with Americans told to call around to find out when they can get their first doses or facing miles-long lines to get the shots.

Adding to anxieties over the current surge is the emergence of a mutant strain of COVID-19 that has now been confirmed in three states: Colorado, California and Florida. The strain was first detected in the United Kingdom and is thought to be 70 percent more transmissible than the original.

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Source: Daily Mail

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