U.S. Hits 350,000 COVID-19 Related Deaths Amid Fear of Holiday Surge

More than 350,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the U.S., with another surge of cases and deaths expected in the coming weeks as a result of smaller holiday gatherings.

The country reached the grim milestone early Sunday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 20 million people have been infected since the pandemic began nearly one year ago, according to the tally.

Public health experts attributed a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in early December to a large number of Americans traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, and pleaded with citizens to stay home for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 

Multiple states have reported a record number of cases, including North Carolina and Arizona, according to the Associated Press. New York hit 1 million cases total as of Saturday, becoming the fourth state to do so along with Texas, Florida, and California.

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