US marks 277,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, a new record

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 03 2021 11:13 AM

US marks 277,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, a new record 1
Women walk by the ocean on January 1, 2021 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, face masks are required on the boardwalk and strongly recommended on the beach. Mark Makela, Getty Images via AFP

WASHINGTON - The United States on Saturday saw its highest number yet of coronavirus cases recorded in one day, with more than 277,000 infections.

The hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the United States has marked 20.4 million cases overall and just under 350,000 deaths.

Infections have been surging in recent months, with top US government scientist Anthony Fauci warning just days after Christmas that the worst of the pandemic may be yet to come, driving the country to a "critical point" as holiday travel spreads the virus.

The country has floundered in its efforts to quell COVID-19, with its vaccination program beset by logistical problems and overstretched hospitals.

More than 4.2 million people in the US have already received their first jabs, with 13 million doses distributed, but that falls well behind the 20 million inoculations that President Donald Trump's administration promised by the end of 2020.

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