US breaks 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours for 1st time GMA |

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going to switch gears now and get the latest on the coronavirus emergency there was a grim new record overnight the u.s tallied more than 4 000 deaths in one day but there is some new good news about the effectiveness of the vaccines kayleigh heartland joins us from los angeles california with the latest good morning kaylee good morning george the virus it’s in a race with the vaccine and the virus it’s getting a little bit faster with the help of that new highly contagious variant that’s spreading the risk of infection right now it’s higher than ever and the pressure that that’s putting on hospitals and first responders here it’s crushing this morning for the first time since the pandemic began more than 4 thousand deaths confirmed in just 24 hours we have had a situation where we now are averaging between 200 and 300 000 new infections per day and between two and three thousand deaths per day every day is a new record for the number of people hospitalized with covid19 and now that highly contagious variant of the virus detected in eight states across the country this variant has the potential to throw jet fuel on an already dangerous situation and overnight potential good news on the vaccine front in a new study that has not yet been peer reviewed researchers from pfizer and the university of texas have found that pfizer and biointex covid19 vaccine is likely to protect against the two new variants modernist ceo also offering promising predictions on their vaccine’s effectiveness we believe there will be protection potentially a couple years the cdc reports nearly 6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered still dramatically short of the projected 20 million vaccinations by the end of last december

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as the virus spreads like wildfire with infections on the rise in 42 states a new model finds nearly 60 percent of covet cases are likely transmitted by people who don’t have any symptoms in california on average there’s a new case every six seconds and first responders in southern california say hospitals here already look like a disaster zone it looks like a bomb went off yeah there’s like people in sea collars there’s people bleeding there’s people stomach pain there’s hobot patients lined up all down the street you know it’s bad ambulances are waiting up to 17 hours outside hospitals and running out of oxygen for their patients waiting here our patient was they literally had the oxygen tubing and had a connector so that two patients were using basically the same oxygen flow at the same time so its resources are really low because that was your best option that was the only option and with ambulances piled up outside so many southern california hospitals some have put a surge plan in place they’ll put one emt crew in charge of as many as eight patients that means you put seven ambulances back on the streets to respond to 911 calls but that cannot shortcut the weight that some patients may have to endure to get a bed inside one of those hospitals michael all right thank you so much for that kaylee hi everyone george stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the abc news youtube channel if you’d like to get more videos show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our channel and don’t forget to download the abc news app for breaking news alerts thanks for watching

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