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A member of medical staff checks an IV pump for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, December 10. Go Nakamura / Getty Images

According to the Johns Hopkins University tally, the United States recorded 16 062 299 coronavirus cases and at least 297 818 people have died from the virus.

Johns Hopkins University recorded on Saturday 219 510 new cases and 2 368 new deaths in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases.

Saturday was the seventh day in a row that hospitalizations reached an all-time high, with 108,487 patients in hospitals nationwide, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The United States has added 1 million more cases in the past four days. It took the country more than eight months to reach 8 million cases, but less than two months to double that number, as the number of new cases continues to soar.

The appalling new toll comes as an advisory committee of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for patients 16 years and older. Doses will start to roll out in the next few days.

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