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More than 4,200 Americans die of COVID-19 in a day

  • US has its SECOND deadliest day of the pandemic as Biden takes office

  • More than 4,200 Americans die of COVID-19 as President kicks off ‘100M shots in 100 days’ plan and exactly one year since the first case was recorded in the country

  • On Wednesday, the U.S. recorded its second deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic with 4,229 deaths

  • It is second only to January 12 with 4,327 and marks the third time the daily death toll has surpassed 4,000

  • The grim milestone comes on the same day Joe Biden was inaugurated was the 46th President

  • Biden signed a federal order mandating masks on federal property and has pledged to vaccinate 100 million Americans in 100 days after just 17.2 million were given in one month

  • Wednesday also marked one year to the day since the first case of the virus was recorded in Washington state with more than 24.4 million people since testing positive

  • Health experts said widespread vaccination could help curb the surge of cases, but rollout has been slow

  • A recent CDC projection shows that the national daily death toll could rise to between 465,000 and 508,000 fatalities by February 13

The United States recorded its second deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday with 4,229 American fatalities.

It marks the third time that the daily death toll has surpassed 4,000 and is second only to January 12 on which 4,327 deaths were recorded, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Since the pandemic began, 406,162 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

The grim milestone came on the same day President Joe Biden was inaugurated and exactly one year to the day since the first case of the virus was recorded in the U.S. in Washington state, with now 24.4 million testing positive.

In the first order he signed since arriving at the White House, Biden on Wednesday mandated masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings and the development of a testing program for federal employees for COVID-19, in a first step to combat a pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans.

Biden’s order says federal employees, contractors and others in federal buildings or on federal lands should ‘wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.’

The president directed agencies to ‘immediately take action…to require compliance with CDC guidelines’ and for employees to wear masks and engage in social distancing. He called for all Americans to wear masks for 100 days.

America’s death toll is the highest in the world despite the country accounting for less than five percent of the global population.

It comes on the heels of a recent CDC projection that the national death toll could rise even higher to as high as 508,000 by February 13 – a figure higher than the population of Atlanta.

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