The United States recorded more than 25 million cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and just under 417,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
The U.S. is currently leading with a staggering number of the infections at 25,003,695 as far as the Johns Hopkins data is concerned. The North American nation is ahead of India which has 10,654,533 cases so far while Brazil and Russia have 8,816,254 and 3,679,247 respectively.
Getting to 25 million took about three more weeks, after a surge that peaked at more than 300,000 recorded daily cases before retreating a bit in early January.
Hospitalizations peaked around then and have since fallen: The latest figure of 116,264 Covid-19 patients is the lowest since Dec. 21, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Experts now fear that any signs of progress could be undone by the emergence of new variants that appear to be more contagious.
However the figures in the U.S. comes hot on the heels after President Joe Biden signed 10 executive orders aimed at expanding vaccine production, ramping up testing and reopening schools, among other goals.
“We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it is going to take months to get it turned around,” Biden said.
“But let me be equally clear: We will get through this,” Biden continued. “We will defeat this pandemic.”
As of Jan. 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that that more than 3 million people in the United States are receiving both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.