The US suffered another sad day on Wednesday amid the chaos at the Capitol, with the country’s daily coronavirus death toll the highest recorded in any country over the course of the pandemic.
The daily toll of 3,865 for 6 January marked the fifth day in three weeks that saw more than 3,500 Americans die from coronavirus-related complications. More than 30,000 people have died since Christmas eve, Johns Hopkins data shows.
The US toll passed 350,000 on Sunday, prompting leading infectious diseases expert – and a sidelined member of the White House’s pandemic response task force – Dr Anthony Fauci to issue an implicit rebuke to Donald Trump, who claimed in tweets on that morning that case numbers were being exaggerated and deaths wrongly attributed.
“Go into the trenches,” Fauci told NBC’s Meet the Press. “Go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.”
US health officials warned on Wednesday that Arizona has become the Covid “hot spot of the world”, five months after Trump held up the US state’s pandemic response as exemplary.
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Source: the Guardian