USA tops record for daily coronavirus deaths

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Besides, over 1.5 million people have died of the virus.

Passengers wearing protective face masks ride on a London bus as it passes in front of the Harrods retail store in Knightsbridge, following the end of a second Covid-19 lockdown in London, Britain December 2, 2020.

News of the record-breaking statistic comes the same day the United Kingdom announced a major step in its race to develop COVID-19 vaccines, formally approving Pfizer and the German company BioNTech's vaccine for emergency use. Texas recorded the second most deaths, standing at 21,946.

Even with a vaccine in sight, the US continues to grapple with a major surge in new coronavirus infections.

With the national caseload topping 13.6 million, the death toll across the United States rose to 270,003 as of 5:26pm local time (2226 GMT), according to the CSSE data.

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The Los Angeles area also reported its highest total death toll at 7,700.

Hospitalizations also set a record for fourth day in a row on Tuesday. It has more than doubled over the past month.

Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, said he expects the Food and Drug Administration will approve Pfizer's vaccine next week. Because vaccine availability is expected to be limited until the spring, most states are expected to follow guidelines adopted by the CDC this week that say health care workers and nursing home patients should be first in line.

With the national caseload topping 13.6 million, the death toll across the United States rose to 270,003, according to the CSSE data, Xinhua news agency reported. The surging hospitalizations likely foreshadow an increase in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 to come in the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday when millions of Americans traveled and gathered indoors.

In the last week alone, more than 10,000 people in the world died on average every single day, which has been steadily rising each passing week.

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