The United States largely surpassed its previous daily record for new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, adding 201,961 cases in 24 hours, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The high number, in part due to delayed data over the weekend, brought the total number of cases in the United States to 10,238,243, with a total of 239,588 deaths, as of 8:30 p.m. (01:30 GMT).
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For a week now, the number of new infections has tended to exceed 100,000 every day.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have also reached an all-time high, with more than 60,000 people hospitalized across the country, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
President Donald Trump, who refused to concede defeat in the November 3 election, has repeatedly mocked people who wear masks and claimed the virus will go away on its own.
But his victorious opponent Joe Biden has vowed to take a more proactive approach, telling the nation this week that face covers are the best way to bring the virus under control.
US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced on Monday that their vaccine candidate was 90% effective in preventing Covid-19, marking a major breakthrough in the search for a vaccine.
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