US Covid-19 death toll hits new daily record of nearly 4500
Published: 11:04 AM, 13 January 2021
The death toll from the Covid-19 in the United States hit a new daily record of nearly 4500, Johns Hopkins University said Tuesday evening.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, this was the first time the toll in the country hardest hit by the pandemic surpassed 4,000 in 24 hours as the health crisis rages out of control in the US.
The US recorded more than 235,000 new cases of coronavirus infection and 4,470 deaths, the Johns Hopkins reported the tally as of 8:30 pm local time.
Around 131,000 people are now hospitalized in the US with Covid-19, said the institution.
It added that the weekly average of fatalities is at its highest level since the pandemic started, it said.
Facing the new strain of coronavirus which is said to be more contagious, authorities announced Tuesday that people wishing to fly to the US must show proof of a negative Covid test prior to departure.
The country is ultimately counting on a massive vaccination campaign begun in mid-December to bring the health crisis to an end. However, the effort is running behind, with just 9.3 million people have received the first of two injections of the two vaccines authorized in America. That is less than 10 percent of the population.
The nation with the world’s largest economy has now recorded 22.8 million coronavirus cases and more than 380,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. – AFP