About 1 in 930 Americans died of the coronavirus during the epidemic
December set a record for the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States – about 78,000 people.
But health officials warned that the number was likely to be even higher in January, despite a vaccination campaign that has begun.
More than 18,400 people died from COVID-19 in the week from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, according to a Reuters count based on state and county reports.
More than 351,000 people, or about one in 930 residents, have died of the coronavirus in the United States during the entire pandemic.
About a million and a half cases were identified in the country last week, a 16.5 percent increase over the previous seven days.
More than 126,000 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals, up 25 percent from a month ago.