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U.S. sees highest COVID-19 death toll as CDC warns Americans to cancel Christmas travel plans Updated: 2020-12-04 10:02:11 KST

Over 1.5 million deaths have been reported across the globe.
Amongst the countries, the U.S. has seen the most infections and deaths.
Over the past 24 hours, 2,804 Americans have died from COVID-19.
That amounts to 117 people every hour over the past day, and it's the highest daily figure since the outbreak began in the U.S.
While some figures show the U.S. has seen 281-thousand deaths total, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the real total could be as high as 345,000.
As the country is seeing a massive surge following the Thanksgiving holiday, over 100-thousand patients are now being treated for the virus.
Of the patients hospitalized, more than 19-thousand are in ICUs, with nearly 7-thousand on ventilators.
The CDC, which had previously issued warnings against Thanksgiving gatherings, is now urging Americans not to travel during Christmas to prevent further surges.
Across the Atlantic, the U.K.'s death toll surpassed 60-thousand on Thursday.
The U.K. has the fifth highest COVID-19 death toll globally, and the highest in Europe, ahead of Italy and France.
With 414 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the number of deaths over the past week stood at over 3-thousand, down 5-percent on-week.
On the same day, Italy reported a record 993 COVID-19 deaths, up from 684 the previous day.
The previous record on a single day was 919 in March, at the peak of the first wave.
Italy was the first western nation to be hit by the virus back in February, and has since seen over 58-thousand deaths.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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