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Another 4,000 in U.S. die of COVID-19; 40K deaths so far this month

Another 4,000 in U.S. die of COVID-19; 40K deaths so far this month
Vaccination stations are seen Wednesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The convention center, which served as a large field hospital last spring in the early weeks of the pandemic, now is a vaccine distribution center. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Another 4,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19, according to updated data Thursday from Johns Hopkins University -- not too far off the record toll seen one day earlier.

There were about 3,960 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday. On Tuesday, 4,500 died, a single-day record, according to the research university's updated tracking data -- making the total over the past two days roughly 8,500.

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About 40,000 patients in the United States have died of COVID-19 since the start of 2021, the data shows.

Meanwhile, another 230,000 coronavirus cases were added nationwide on Wednesday, a slight increase from the day before.

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The United States has added more than 200,000 cases each day for 11 of the 13 days so far this month, and hasn't recorded fewer than 213,000 since Jan. 4.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 23.1 million coronavirus cases and about 385,200 deaths nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a little more than 10 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose so far, and almost 30 million doses have been distributed to health centers nationwide.

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President-elect Joe Biden will unveil multiple proposals on Thursday evening on various priorities of his incoming administration. Among them is his plan to get Americans vaccinated -- an effort that has sometimes been slow and met with criticism under the Trump administration.

Biden will also detail his plan to stimulate the U.S. economy, which may include a third direct aid payment to most Americans.

Other COVID-19 updates on Thursday:

  • A vaccine in development by Johnson & Johnson has proven to spur an immune response in humans and has minor side effects, according to results of early-stage clinical trials.
  • The Labor Department said in its weekly report that almost 1 million U.S. workers have filed new unemployment claims. The figure exceeds the number, somewhere below 800,000, that most experts predicted.
  • WHO investigators arrived in China on Thursday to investigate the origins of the pandemic.
  • U.S. Forces Korea said Thursday that several people at U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan have tested positive. Yongsan Garrison is a large U.S. military base in central Seoul, South Korea.
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