US hits one other grim milestone as COVID deaths surpass 400,000

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US surpasses mark of 400,000 COVID-19 deaths on eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.More than 400,000 individuals within the United States have died on account of the novel coronavirus, Johns Hopkins University mentioned on Tuesday, as many states across the nation wrestle with mounting infections and hospitalisations.
The US surpassed the 400,000-death mark on Tuesday afternoon – the best tally on the planet. It has additionally recorded essentially the most COVID-19 circumstances globally, with greater than 24.1 million infections because the begin of the pandemic.
The sombre milestone comes a day earlier than the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, who has promised to take the pandemic extra critically than President Donald Trump and put stronger measures in place to get it underneath management.
Last week, Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion stimulus package deal proposal designed to jump-start the struggling US financial system and velocity up the US response.
“We have to act and we have to act now,” he mentioned on Thursday.

Public well being officers have criticised the Trump administration’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, saying it has been slower than anticipated and “chaotic”.
Many states are struggling to vaccinate individuals, whereas hospitalisations and intensive care admissions proceed to mount.
California has been notably arduous hit. The populous state has recorded greater than 35,000 new each day circumstances of COVID-19 over the previous seven days, the Los Angeles Times reported, whereas deaths are additionally on the rise.
“The state has averaged 466.7 daily deaths over the last week, an increase of 32.2 percent from two weeks ago,” the newspaper mentioned on its web site on Tuesday.
Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention additionally warned {that a} extra infectious pressure of COVID-19, first detected within the United Kingdom, may turn into the dominant variant within the US by March.
While that pressure is extra simply transmissible, specialists say it doesn’t trigger extra extreme sickness or unfold in a different way.

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The incoming director of the CDC, Dr Rochelle Walensky, instructed the Face the Nation programme on the weekend that US coronavirus-related deaths may surpass 500,000 by mid-February.
“I think we still have some dark weeks ahead,” she mentioned.
Landmarks throughout the US can be illuminated on Tuesday night as a part of a nationwide occasion led by Biden to honour the lives misplaced to COVID-19.
Biden and US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will attend a lighting ceremony on the Reflecting Pool on the Lincoln Memorial at 5:15pm ET (22:15 GMT).

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