The U.S. daily coronavirus death toll reached 4,000 for the first time Thursday, as the pandemic continued its deadly rampage across the country even as vaccines become more readily available.

The 4,085 deaths recorded Thursday are the most since the onset of the pandemic, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

It was the second straight day that the country set a new high for daily deaths, after 3,963 were reported Wednesday.

The U.S. had about 275,000 new infections Thursday. The record high for daily cases was reached just days earlier, with 301,858 reported Saturday.

Surges are taking place in the Sun Belt states of California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, The Associated Press reported. Health experts blame the increase in coronavirus cases on travel during the holidays and the winter weather forcing people indoors.

As of Friday, the U.S. has 21.6 million coronavirus cases and 366,000 virus-related deaths, both tops globally, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.

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