The US continues to surpass other countries in COVID-19 cases, reaching 20 million at the start of the new year, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University.
America exceeded the mark on Friday, less than a week after the country reached 19 million cases.
COVID-19 deaths have also increased in the country, and now total more than 346,000.
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The US accounts for about four per cent of the world’s population, but the country has eclipsed other nations in coronavirus cases by more than nine million and deaths by in excess of 151,000.
India and Brazil trail behind the US in cases, at more than 10 million and seven million, respectively.
The increase comes as officials race to vaccinate millions of US citizens in a process that has got off to a slow and messy start.
President-elect Joe Biden has criticised the Trump administration for the pace of distributing vaccines and vowed to ramp up the current speed of inoculations.
However, Biden acknowledged that it “will still take months to have the majority of Americans vaccinated”.
Globally, more than 83 million cases have been confirmed.
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