For the second day in a row, the United States reported a record number of coronavirus cases, according to national data from NBC News.
The nation reported 278,920 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, surpassing the one-day record of 269,420 on Friday.
On Saturday, 3,603 people in the United States died from virus-related causes, but that is not a record. Thursday’s death toll of 4,110 marks the latest peak in pandemic deaths in the United States.
The figures reflect the projected lethal influx of coronavirus cases related to holiday gatherings and travel.
On Friday, the United States surpassed 22 million cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
California was particularly hard hit during the wave, with 52,636 cases and 695 deaths reported by Friday.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a group in Virginia called Facts and Faith on Friday that if vaccinations were completed for a wide range of people in the United States by the end of the summer, the nation “could start approaching reasonable normalcy by the fall of 2021