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Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza adjusts the ventilator on her COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at more than 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Physical therapist Daniel Lumbera helps a COVID-19 patient sit up on his bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. The state’s hospitals are trying to prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration care for lack of staff and beds, and hoping they don’t have to make that choice, as many hospitals strain under unprecedented coronavirus caseloads. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Resident Gail Nanning, 83, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the The Palace assisted living facility, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Coral Gables, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Several tents are set up so people who have registered can receive their COVID-19 vaccinations as they drive through the parking lot of State Farm Stadium, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals’ stadium has opened up as a vaccination site that will be a 24-7 operation. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

U.S. COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

The Associated Press

January 13, 2021

Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at more than 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol.

The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million.

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday, January 12, by Johns Hopkins’ count. Arizona and California have been among the hardest-hit states.

The daily figure is subject to revision, but deaths have been rising sharply over the past 2 1/2 months, and the country is now in the most lethal phase of the outbreak yet, even as the vaccine is being rolled out. New cases are running at nearly a quarter-million per day on average.

More than 9.3 million Americans have received their first shot of the vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is well short of the hundreds of millions who experts say will need to be inoculated to vanquish the outbreak.

The effort is ramping up around the country. Large-scale, drive-thru vaccination sites have opened at stadiums and other places, enabling people to get their shots through their car windows.

Also, an increasing number of states have begun offering vaccinations to the next group in line — senior citizens — with the minimum age varying from place to place at 65, 70, or 75. Up to now, healthcare workers and nursing home residents have been given priority in most places.

And the Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to speed up the vaccination drive by releasing the whole supply of doses, instead of holding large quantities in reserve to make sure people get their second shot on time.


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