The United States surpassed the 18 million coronavirus case mark on Monday, with more than 319,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University, whose count refers.
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The country, the most affected in the world in absolute terms, is facing a spectacular rebound in the epidemic.
Monday, 1,658 deaths and 190,972 new infections were recorded, according to a statement made every day at 8:30 p.m. local by AFP of university figures, updated continuously.
And on Monday evening, the country had 18,011,449 identified cases.
This new milestone is reached as the United States began its vaccination campaign, after emergency authorization was granted to vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
To set an example and reassure skeptics, President-elect Joe Biden, 78, received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine live on Monday in front of television cameras.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence was also vaccinated Friday, also in public, along with several senior leaders in the US Congress.
Despite the glimmer of hope brought by vaccines, the United States expects a very dark winter.
More than 115,000 people sick with the coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the country, a record, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which tracks data in the United States daily.