The United States recorded the highest annual death toll in its history, with three million so-far killed in 2020 and Covid to blame for the grim record. Preliminary data suggests the US will record 3.2million deaths in 2020, up 400,000 on the number recorded in 2019.
And while experts expect annual deaths to increase each year in line with a growing population, the estimated 15% jump in mortality will be the highest since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, when deaths rose by 46% in a single year.
America has so-far seen close to 320,000 Covid-19 deaths, and 18.04million recorded infections. Immunologists now fear that number could rocket well into 2021 after a newly-identified mutant strain of Covid that spreads more easily was identified in England.
White House immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci said the strain ‘might very well be here for all we know.’ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also conceded the new variant may have taken hold, after calling for a ban on flights from the UK from landing in the Empire State.
And University of Massachusetts virologist Jeremy Luban said the new strain may even have originated in the US, as many countries ban flights from the UK in a bid to slow its spread.
Unconfirmed claims suggest the new strain is up to 70% more infectious, although many experts have highlighted that this claim is so-far unproven, and have urged people to remain calm. Vaccine manufacturers say they are confident their newly-approved shots will still be effective.
The UK recorded its single highest daily infection total on Sunday with 35,928 cases. Close to 2.08million Covid infections have been confirmed across Great Britain, with almost 68,000 people dead as a result.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has effectively canceled Christmas for tens of millions of Britons, after announcing draconian new lockdown measures, and urging families to stay at home.
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