Coronavirus deaths in the United States are at a one-day high of more than 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising on the Capitol Building.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the total number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has exceeded 380,000, and is rapidly approaching the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections exceeded 22.8 million.
As the country faces a political crisis all at once and on alert due to threats of more violence from right-wing extremists, the United States recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins tally. Arizona and California were among the states worst affected.
The daily figure is subject to review, but deaths have risen sharply over the past two and a half months, and the country is now in the deadliest phase of the outbreak to date, even as the vaccine was introduced. New cases reach nearly a quarter of a million cases every day on average.
More than 9.3 million Americans got the first vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is much lower than the hundreds of millions experts say will need to be vaccinated to conquer the outbreak.
Efforts are increasing across the country. Large-scale vaccination sites have opened in stadiums and other places, allowing people to get their shots from the windows of their cars.
Also, a growing number of states are starting to offer vaccinations to the next group in line – the elderly – with age limits varying from place to place at 65, 70 or 75 years old. Priority is given in most places.
The Trump administration announced plans on Tuesday to speed up the vaccination campaign by releasing the full supply of doses, rather than keeping large quantities in reserve to make sure people get their second vaccine on time.