US records nearly 250,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
US COVID-19 cases hit record for third day, daily count tops 1,28,000
New Delhi: In its second wave of Coronavirus, United States has been severly affected with daily cases crossing 2 lakh. On Friday, 249,709 new coronavirus cases were registered which is the highest single-day spike since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University.
CNN report said that that a total of 2,814 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours. The states of California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas have announced more than 1,000 deaths in the past week.
Over 3,97,000 cases among students and employees at more than 1,800 institutions have been reported over the course of the pandemic, reported New York Times.
This comes as the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorised Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for people aged 18 years and above.
“The Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine is now authorized for distribution and use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Delivery to the US Government will begin immediately. Moderna will continue to gather additional data and plans to file a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the FDA requesting full licensure in 2021,” the company said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the FDA also approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use and healthcare workers have started giving shots of the vaccine.
According to John Hopkins University, US has registered a total of 17,465,147 coronavirus cases till date. More than 3.10 lakh deaths have been reported.