According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the United States has increased by 403,359 in the past 24 hours, reaching the highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic began.
Nationwide, 2,756 people died of coronavirus-related illnesses on Saturday.
Previously, the 24-hour increase in the number of people infected in the country had not exceeded 250,000. The CDC explained that the spike in cases was due to Texas beginning to include in the total number of people infected those with the infection considered probable but unconfirmed. Probable cases in Texas totaled 171,505 and confirmed cases totaled 13,253, bringing the state’s total to 184,758, which was included in the Center’s statistics for the country as a whole.
In all, 17,391,270 people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, with 312,636 deaths, according to the Center.
On Saturday, the CDC voted to approve the use of the coronavirus vaccine Moderna in the United States, which had been approved the day before by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The vaccine is the second to receive approval for emergency use. Earlier, the regulator approved the vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech.