Coronavirus Daily Deaths Hit 2nd Highest Ever In U.S. Despite Drop In Daily Cases

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that the United States recorded more than 5,000 new coronavirus-related deaths, the second-highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

According to the coronavirus tracking data on the CDC website, the figure is the highest in nearly 10 months since the 6,489 deaths in the U.S. on April 15, 2020.

The annual high also comes as the country has continued to see a steadily rising death toll since October, potentially exacerbated by winter months and holiday-related travel.

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While the death count continues to climb, daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. have actually been trending downward since the all-time high of 314,003 cases in a single day on January 8, 2021.

The drop comes as two vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are being distributed across the country.

ABC News reports President Biden has signed several executive orders directed at assisting with vaccine distribution, requiring masks, and combating the spread of the coronavirus.

He has yet, however, to get Congress to pass his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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Biden’s early days in office have been marked by a determined effort to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that would provide aid to American families, workers, businesses and local governments. Congressional Democrats used a procedural move, known as reconciliation, to pass a budget blueprint this week on a party-line vote — paving the way for Biden’s plan.

Democrats pushed ahead with approving the hefty package without GOP support after Biden met in the Oval Office with 10 Republican lawmakers, who were pitching a far slimmer counterproposal of $618 billion. Both sides want to get a final bill to Biden’s desk before federal jobless benefits expire on March 14.