December has already been a record month for new cases, even though November was more than twice as bad as any other month. The U.S. broke November’s record of 4.4 million cases back on Dec. 22 and now stands at 5,533,230 cases reported in December so far. From earlier surges the record number of cases was the whole month of July, at 1.9 million; the U.S. blew past that mark in just 10 days.
Nearly 1.3 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest level of air travel in more than nine months, despite public health warnings that travel would prompt another surge in cases of COVID-19.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, December 25 is when reported deaths from the coronavirus passed the April’s death toll of 60,738 people. With several days remaining in December, the record is now 64,953 people through Sunday. On average, that’s equivalent to someone in the United States dying every 36 seconds.
SA TODAY is keeping track of the news surrounding COVID-19 as a pair of vaccines join the U.S. fight against a virus that has killed more than 330,000 Americans since the first reported fatality in February.
New York officials are investigating whether a health care provider has fraudulently obtained and distributed a COVID-19 vaccine to the public in violation of state guidelines. “Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement Saturday.
The U.S. has more than 19.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 334,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 81.1 million cases and 1.77 million deaths.