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The US set a new record for coronavirus cases on Friday, hitting nearly 290,000 in 24 hours, according to a real-time tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The country hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic also recorded 3,676 virus deaths on the same day, the Baltimore-based university said.

The day before, the US had recorded nearly 4,000 deaths in 24 hours.

131,000 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in the US, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

The world’s largest economy has seen 21.8 million coronavirus cases and more than 368,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

The country, where health restrictions vary drastically between locations, is ultimately counting on a massive vaccination campaign launched in mid-December to end the health crisis.

But efforts are diminishing, with nearly six million people receiving the first of two injections in the country’s 330 million.

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