Jan 24, 2021 - Health

U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

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A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

  • The White House last week unveiled a barrage of executive orders aimed at increasing supplies and data related to the pandemic, while mandating masks in federal buildings.

Where it stands: Part of Biden's "wartime" strategy against the pandemic is a campaign to administer 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in 100 days. But even that effort would not dramatically increase the pace of vaccinations, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal report.

  • Just over 3 million Americans have received both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as of Saturday, per CDC data.
  • More than 40% of people in the U.S. currently live in areas that only have 15% of ICU beds available, per an AP analysis.
  • 1 in 13 Californians have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, per the COVID Tracking Project (CTP). The state surpassed 3 million cases on Wednesday.

What to watch: In the CTP's latest weekly roundup, hospitalizations "are declining or flat in every state but New York" in data seen from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20.

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