COVID-19 deaths in America have topped 4,000 in a day for the third time this month, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen.
A staggering 4,022 people across the country died from the virus in the 24 hours to Wednesday evening, according to data obtained by The COVID Tracking Project.
That number is just below the 4,197 fatalities recorded across the US on Tuesday – which was the deadliest day of the pandemic thus far.
The only other day COVID-19 deaths have topped 4,000 was on January 6, when 4,194 Americans succumbed to the disease.
However, it is possible the daily death toll could climb even higher in the weeks ahead as a disturbing new map shows fatalities are on the rise in 33 states.
The map, created by The COVID Tracking Project, shows that deaths are up by 10 per cent or more in 25 states across the past week.
COVID-19 deaths in America have topped 4,000 in a day for the third time this month, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen
A staggering 4,022 people across the country died from the virus in the 24 hours to Wednesday evening, according to data obtained by The COVID Tracking Project
In Georgia, fatalities in the past week have climbed by a whopping 116 percent, while deaths in Alabama have risen by 203 percent.
Disturbingly, separate data reveals that Alabama is the state with the lowest proportion of people who have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Yellowhammer state has administered just 1,714 doses of the vaccine per every 100,00 residents.
The state is not in short supply of the vaccine either. It has administered less than a quarter of the doses it currently has on hand.
In contrast, West Virginia is leading the way in the vaccination roll-out, with 6,177 people per every 100,000 residents having received their first shot.
This map shows just how slowly the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is going. Most states have administered doses to less than 4 percent of people
In terms of raw numbers, Texas has administered the most doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 978,042 shots given.
However, given they have a larger population than many other states, the Lone Star state is still lagging when it comes to the overall percentage of residents who have received the jab.
As of Wednesday, more than 10 million Americans have now been administered with their first dose of the vaccine.
Big states such as California and New York are trying to accelerate their roll-outs by opening giant vaccination centers.
In the Golden State, a huge makeshift center has opened up in the parking lot of Disneyland in Orange County, while New York City has turned its Javits Center Field Hospital into a large-scale site to administer the shots.
For Americans, the vaccine can’t come fast enough.
Not only does the death remain rate stubbornly high, but cases and hospitalizations are also surging.
On Wednesday, another 219,090 cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country. In total, almost 23 million Americans have now contracted the contagious virus.
Hospitalizations are similarly still high, with more than 130,000 people currently receiving inpatient care.
Big states such as California and New York are trying to accelerate their roll-outs by opening giant vaccination centers. Pictured: The Javits Center in NYC, which has been transformed into a large-scale vaccination site
The Javits Center Field Hospital has been transformed into a large-scale site to administer the vaccine
Residents are seen lining up for their COVID-19 vaccine at a makeshift vaccination center in the parking lot of Disneyland in Anaheim, California