US reports new daily record, tops 4,000 coronavirus deaths for the first time

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The United States on Friday once again reported a new record for daily coronavirus deaths, surging past 4,000 for the first time.

The U.S. recorded 4,085 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University, topping the previous record of 3,865 set Wednesday.

Overall, the U.S. has reported 365,208 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began. A forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that 405,000 to 483,000 deaths will be reported by Jan. 30.

The record comes as more states report new cases of a new, more aggressive, strain of the coronavirus. Georgia and Pennsylvania both reported cases of infection involving the variant this week.

Experts say the strain is more contagious, but it’s not believed to be more life-threatening.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is working to ramp up its COVID-19 vaccine distribution after it got off to a slow start. As of Jan. 7, more than 5.9 million people have been given their first vaccine doses.

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s confident the U.S. could inoculate more than 1 million people per day once the vaccine gets momentum.

The U.S. has recorded a cumulative 21.5 million coronavirus infections since the pandemic began.

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