U.S. Virus Death Toll Hits 350,000 as New Surge Feared

BALTIMORE, M.D. (AP) -
Signs give instructions to people approaching a walk-up kiosk testing site for COVID-19, on Jan. 2, at the Garfield Community Center in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from recent gatherings.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. passed the threshold early Sunday morning. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected. The U.S. has begun using two coronavirus vaccines to protect health-care workers and nursing home residents and staff but the rollout of the inoculation program has been criticized as being slow and chaotic.

Multiple states have reported a record number of cases over the past few days, including North Carolina and Arizona.

The U.S. by far has reported the most deaths from COVID-19 in the world, followed by Brazil, which has reported more than 195,000 deaths.