One-day US deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers grew ever more stunning.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. recorded 3,124 deaths Wednesday, the highest one-day total yet and more than the 2,500 Americans who died on D-Day in World War II.

Up until last week, the peak was 2,603 deaths on April 15, when New York City was the epicenter of the nation's outbreak.

More than 106,000 people were hospitalized — also a record total.

A U.S. government advisory panel on Thursday endorsed widespread use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to help conquer the outbreak.

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