California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

PTI Los Angeles | Updated on January 19, 2021

A phlebotomist wearing protective gloves draws blood from a patient for a Covid-19 antibody test at a GUARDaHEART Foundation testing site in Los Angeles, California, US (Filephoto)   -  Bloomberg

The count is also far ahead of other large states, such as Texas

California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

This is according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning.

California only reached 2 million reported cases on December 24. The count is also far ahead of other large states, such as Texas. California also has seen more than 33,600 deaths due to COVID-19.

A caseload surge that began last fall has strained hospitals. Although there's been a slight downward trend, officials warn that could reverse when the full impact from holiday gathering transmissions is felt.

Published on January 19, 2021

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