The US registers a record 4,300 daily deaths from the virus

Deaths from coronavirus in the United States reached another daily high, with more than 4,300 deaths, while attention is focused largely on the aftermath of last week’s violent assault on the Capitol.

According to the count by Johns Hopkins University, the total death toll from COVID-19 in the country has already surpassed 380,000 and is fast approaching the number of Americans killed in World War II of about 407,000. Infections have exceeded 22.8 million.

As the country faces a political crisis and is on the brink of threats of further violence from far-right extremists, the United States recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins tally. Arizona and California are among the worst affected states.

The daily figure is subject to review, but deaths have risen sharply in the last two and a half months. The country is now in the deadliest phase of the outbreak so far, even in the middle of the vaccination campaign. On average, almost 250,000 infections are being registered per day.

More than 9.3 million Americans have received their first injection of the vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is well below those who, according to experts, will need to be vaccinated to defeat the regrowth.

The effort is accelerating across the country. Mass vaccination sites have been opened in stadiums and other venues, allowing people to receive their vaccinations from their cars.

In addition, more and more states have begun offering vaccines to the next group in line of priorities, older adults, with a minimum age that varies from place to place, 65, 70 or 75 years.

Until now, healthcare workers and nursing home residents have taken priority in most places.

The federal government announced plans to speed up the vaccination campaign by freeing up all supplies, rather than keeping large quantities in reserve to make sure people get their second injection on time.