The US has recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day

The staggering daily death toll is more than three times the number of deaths Australia has notched throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic.

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The US has notched 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, its highest daily toll since April. Source: Getty Images North America

The United States has registered more than 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally - the highest daily toll since April.

American authorities warned a spike in deaths was coming after millions travelled around the country for the Thanksgiving holiday in November, ignoring pleas to stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

As of 8.30pm on Wednesday, the country had recorded a total of 289,188 coronavirus deaths, up by 3,071 in 24 hours.

It also registered nearly 220,481 new cases.

The shocking national figures dwarf those in Australia, where 908 people in total have died from the virus. Victoria has accounted for 820 of those deaths, while NSW has registered 53, Western Australia has recorded nine, Queensland has recorded six and South Australia, four. 

Australia has notched 27,993 cases in total, as of Thursday lunchtime, while 25,456 have recovered.

California, where some 33 million people were back under lockdown this week, saw more than 30,000 cases on Wednesday - the highest 24-hour tally in a US state, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The number of virus patients hospitalised in the US continues to break records, hitting 106,000 on Wednesday.

Over the past two weeks the US has exceeded 2,000 COVID-related deaths per day several times, rivalling tolls the worst-hit nation in the world saw in the early days of the pandemic.

Faced with massive and uncontrolled spread of the virus, American authorities have put their hopes in halting its spread on a vaccine.

US experts meet Thursday to examine Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, which could be given emergency authorisation in the coming days.

Some 15 million people have contracted COVID-19 in the US since the start of the pandemic.

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Published 10 December 2020 at 2:34pm
Source: AFP - SBS