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U.S. hits 20 million mark in coronavirus cases

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                                Health care professionals administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg, Fla., today. Long lines of cars were at the site as the Lake County vaccines are currently being given to people who are 65 years and older and front line workers.

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    Health care professionals administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg, Fla., today. Long lines of cars were at the site as the Lake County vaccines are currently being given to people who are 65 years and older and front line workers.

BALTIMORE >> The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has surpassed 20 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

COVID-19 deaths have also increased in the United States, now totaling more than 346,000.

That’s nearly twice as many as the No. 2 country, India, and nearly one-quarter of the more than 83 million cases globally.

India and Brazil trail behind the U.S. in coronavirus cases at over 10 million and 7 million, respectively.

The increase comes as officials race to vaccinate millions of Americans but have come off to a slower and messier start.

President-elect Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration Tuesday for the pace of distributing COVID-19 vaccines and vowed to ramp up the current speed of vaccinations.

However, Biden acknowledged that it “will still take months to have the majority of Americans vaccinated.”

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