U.S. reports more lives lost to COVID-19 in single day than death toll from 9/11 attacks


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As the world continues to grapple with the rapid spread of COVID-19,... the U.S. is witnessing more virus deaths in a single day than the combined death toll from the 9/11 attacks.
The situation is also grave elsewhere, including in Britain, Japan and China.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
The number of COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. continues to spike,... with an average of more than 32-hundred people losing their lives a day over the past week.
Citing data from Johns Hopkins University,... CNN reported that it's a few hundred more deaths daily than the number of people who perished during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The country is also witnessing a continued surge in daily cases,... with an average of 248-thousand new infections reported every day over the past week.
Such a massive surge has been largely fueled by holiday travels and family gatherings,... which health experts had previously warned against.
The UK is also one of the hardest hit by the pandemic,... and is suffering a high death toll.
"Sadly, of those who tested positive for coronavirus across all settings, 83,203 have died. 1,243 fatalities were reported yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones to coronavirus. These numbers are horrifying, and they underline why it is absolutely critical that everyone plays their part and follows the rules."
It's the second highest daily COVID-19 death toll reported so far in the country.
As virus cases are also spiking in China,... its authorities have expanded lockdowns.
Three cities in Hebei Province,... which surrounds Beijing,... have been placed under strict restrictions.
Langfang city is urging its nearly 5 million residents to stay home for the next week,... while Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million has also imposed an extensive lockdown.
It's the first time I've seen Shijiazhuang like this since I was born. There are few cars or people on the streets. It's very empty."
The situation is also deeply concerning in Japan,... which reported over 45-hundred cases on Tuesday alone.
While this is lower than the country has seen in recent days,... Japanese health authorities are on high alert as the country recently found a new COVID-19 variant.
Against such a backdrop, Japan is set to expand on Wednesday a state of emergency to seven additional prefectures beyond the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The prefectures include Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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2021-01-13, 07:00 (KST)

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