Deaths from coronavirus in the United States reached another daily high, with more than 4,300 deaths. According to the count carried out by Johns Hopkins University, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country has already exceeded 380,000. Infections have exceeded 22.8 million.
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The United States recorded 4,327 deaths Tuesday according to the Johns Hopkins tally. Arizona and California are among the worst affected states.
The daily figure is subject to review, but deaths have risen sharply in the last two and a half months. The country is now in the deadliest phase of the outbreak so far, even in the middle of the vaccination campaign. On average, almost 250,000 infections are being registered per day.
More than 9.3 million Americans have received their first injection of the vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is well below those who, according to experts, will need to be vaccinated to defeat the regrowth.
The effort is accelerating across the country. Mass vaccination sites have been opened in stadiums and other venues, allowing people to receive their vaccinations from their cars.
Additionally, more and more states have begun offering vaccines to the next group in line of priorities, older adults, with a minimum age that varies from place to place, 65, 70 or 75 years. Until now, healthcare workers and nursing home residents have taken priority in most places.
The federal government announced plans Tuesday to accelerate the vaccination campaign by freeing up all supplies, rather than keeping large quantities in reserve to make sure people get their second injection on time.