One-day US death toll top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11

One-day US death toll top 3,000, more than D-Day
Kyla Harris, 10, writes a tribute to her grandmother Patsy Gilreath Moore, who died at age 79 of COVID-19. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Just when the United States appears on the verge of rolling out a coronavirus vaccine, the death toll has become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 Americans died in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new coronavirus cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people across the country in the hospital.

The crisis in the US is pushing medical centers to the breaking point and leaving public health officials and staff members burned out and plagued by tears and nightmares.

All told, the coronavirus pandemic has left more than 290,000 people dead nationwide, with more than 15.5 million confirmed infections.

The US on Wednesday recorded 3,124 deaths, the highest one-day total yet, Johns Hopkins University data shows. Up until last week, the peak was 2,603 deaths on April 15, when New York City was the epicenter of the country’s outbreak. The latest number is subject to revision up or down.

Wednesday’s death toll eclipsed American deaths on the opening day of the Normandy invasion during World War II: 2,500, out of some 4,400 Allied dead. And it topped the toll on September 11, 2001, known as 9/11: 2,977.

New cases in the country per day are running at all-time highs of over 209,000 on average. And the number of people in the hospital with Covid-19 infection is setting records nearly every day.

Meanwhile, a US government advisory panel on Thursday endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s vaccine to help conquer the outbreak.

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