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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.



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

The U.S. reported more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths Thursday, the most in a single day, according to an NBC News tally.

The exact number was 4,110 deaths, and there were 268,883 cases reported, breaking the record for both for the second consecutive day.

On Wednesday, the country set a near identical record of 268,840 cases and posted 3,920 deaths, the highest daily total before Thursday.

This week alone, 1,614,756 new cases and 19,230 deaths were logged.