The US has recorded over 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, setting an all-time high record.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded 4,085 deaths and nearly 275,000 new cases, on Thursday.
This is the third consecutive day of record breaking daily deaths from the coronavirus in the US.
States such as California, Arizona, Texas and Florida have recorded a surge in cases and deaths from the virus.
More than 365,000 people have died of COVID-19, while over 22 million cases have been recorded in the country.
Jerome Adams, US surgeon general, asked states to expand vaccination beyond phase 1a recommendations — which include health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
“States not only can, but SHOULD aggressively expand vaccinations to other phases if current supply exceeds demand in phase 1a,” he wrote, on Twitter.
Globally, over 88 million coronavirus cases have been recovered — although more than 63 millon have been discharged.
More than 1.9 million infected COVID-19 patients have died across the world with US being the worst-hit country.
In Nigeria, the casualty figure has risen above 1,300 while more than 94,000 cases have been recorded.
As the world battles with the second wave of the virus, the European Union (EU) doubled its purchase of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, buying additional 300 million doses.