The death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crossed 300,000 in the United States yesterday, December 14.
The nation hit the terrible milestone on the same day it began giving the Pfizer vaccine to healthcare workers as it mounts an enormous effort to counter the pandemic.
Despite the high figure, the actual number of fatalities is thought to be much higher due to some deaths not being recorded as COVID-related in the early stages of the outbreak.
With the virus expected to spread more easily in the winter season and a large portion of Americans still flouting protocols, some experts believe that the virus could claim another 100,000 lives before the end of January.
The coronavirus has killed more than 1.6 million people worldwide and infected almost 73 million.