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January 8 Covid updates: U.K. approves Moderna vaccine, U.S. records over 4,000 deaths in a day

A new record was set Thursday for both deaths and new cases of Covid-19 across the U.S. on Thursday.
Image: A man crosses a road next to a billboard calling for people to wear masks during a nationwide lockdown following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in Tel Aviv, Israel,
A billboard calling for people to wear masks during a nationwide lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday.Oded Balilty / AP

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The U.S. recorded more than 4,000 daily Covid-19 deaths for the first time Thursday, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began.

There was also a record number of cases, 268,883, showing that the national outlook is worsening by the day.

That news came as a new mutant variant of the disease first identified in the U.K., which has been shown to be more infectious, has been detected across the country including in Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut.

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814d ago / 11:06 PM UTC

Florida launches new vaccination program at Publix Supermarkets


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CDC director says Capitol riots likely a 'surge event'

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White House task force warns states of 'aggressive community spread'


814d ago / 6:34 PM UTC

New York diverts Covid-19 vaccine doses after local plan to vaccinate teachers

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U.K. reports highest daily death toll since pandemic began

814d ago / 4:35 PM UTC

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814d ago / 4:04 PM UTC

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814d ago / 3:28 PM UTC

Iran's top leader bans vaccines from U.S., Britain

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London mayor declares 'major incident' as Covid threatens to overwhelm hospitals

814d ago / 1:43 PM UTC

California, Arizona, New York set pandemic records for Covid cases, deaths

814d ago / 1:39 PM UTC

Economy lost 140,000 jobs last month, in final report of Trump presidency

814d ago / 1:38 PM UTC

U.K. approves Moderna vaccine

814d ago / 1:30 PM UTC

WHO approves delaying time between virus shots

814d ago / 11:28 AM UTC

E.U. secures 300M more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

814d ago / 11:21 AM UTC

A casket, marked with Covid is prepared to be incinerated at a crematorium in Ostrava, Czech Republic

814d ago / 11:19 AM UTC

Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

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U.S. records more than 4,000 deaths in a single day