Coronavirus: US COVID-19 single-day deaths top 1200 for first time since August

A medical worker at a coronavirus drive-through testing site in Casper, Wyoming, this month.

A report released on Wednesday by Columbia University estimated that between 130,000 and 210,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided in the US, calling the federal government’s response to the pandemic an “enormous failure”. “The weight of this enormous failure ultimately falls to the leadership at the White House – and among a number of state governments – which consistently undercut the efforts of top officials at the CDC and HHS,” the report said, referring to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Coronavirus: US COVID-19 single-day deaths top 1200 for first time since August