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Amid political chaos, US sets daily record for COVID-19 deaths

Coronavirus deaths in the US hit another one-day high of more than 4300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol.

The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million.

Workers put bodies into a refrigerated trailer at the offices of the Los Angeles County Coroner this month.

Workers put bodies into a refrigerated trailer at the offices of the Los Angeles County Coroner this month.Credit:ABC7 Los Angeles via AP

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the US recorded 4327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count. Arizona and California have been among the hardest-hit states.

The daily figure is subject to revision, but deaths have been rising sharply over the past 2½ months, and the country is now in the most lethal phase of the outbreak yet, even as the vaccine is being rolled out. New cases are running at nearly a quarter of a million per day on average.

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