Health workers load a deceased person into a trailer in New York. File/Reuters
The US braces for a post-holiday coronavirus surge as it sees its highest number yet of cases recorded in one day, with more than 277,000 infections.
The hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the US reached 350,186 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 20,427,780 cases. On New Year’s Day alone, another 160,606 new cases and 2,051 deaths were recorded.
Thousands more are predicted to die in the coming months and doctors warn they are at “breaking point” and fighting “world war three”.
The One World Trade Centre is illuminated for its efforts to combat the coronavirus in New York. File/Reuters
Infections have been surging in recent months, with top US government scientist Anthony Fauci warning just days after Christmas that the worst of the pandemic may be yet to come, driving the country to a "critical point" as holiday travel spreads the virus.
The country has floundered in its efforts to quell COVID-19, with its vaccination programme beset by logistical problems and overstretched hospitals.
More than 4.2 million people in the US have already received their first jabs, with 13 million doses distributed, but that falls well behind the 20 million inoculations that President Donald Trump's administration promised by the end of 2020.
The number of deaths over 24 hours has remained broadly stable since the beginning of autumn, with between 700 and 800. On Saturday the US recorded 906 deaths, the Johns Hopkins tracker showed.
State health officials said of the 413,576 people infected, 7,870 have died since the onset of the outbreak, with the virus killing 115 people on Tuesday alone.
The US death toll, meanwhile, has grown to 223,995. The total US caseload reported on the site Friday was 83,757, topping the 77,362 cases reported on July 16.
The deal arrives just in time for a summit of world leaders hosted by the U.S. government on Thursday and Friday, where the EU and other global powers will promote their pledges to protect the planet.
Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump disengaged from the process.
As aviation industry players have become more optimistic on the resumption of international flights worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a leading European diagnostic service provider, for more ease to passengers required to secure negative Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth and strength of relations between the UAE and Pakistan, which, he said, are longstanding and based on mutual trust and respect. He stressed the two nations’ determination to grow cooperation across all fields for the common good of both nations’ peoples.