US RECORDS HIGHEST DAILY CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL

As the US gets the vaccination drive off the ground in various states, the country reported a new daily record death toll of 4,470 in the last 24 hours.

According to John Hopkins coronavirus resource centre's live tracker, the US recorded 235,000 new infections. It is the first time the country has surpassed 4,000 fatalities in 24 hours since the pandemic began last year.

At least 131,000 patients are now hospitalized in the US with coronavirus.

There are over 22 million COVID-19 cases in the United States and over 380,540 deaths. Amid the surge in cases, US authorities have declared that air travellers entering the country will need a negative coronavirus test before departure with the policy coming into effect on January 26.