Dec. 29 (UPI) — Regardless of a large enhance, the variety of new COVID-19 instances in america is below 200,000 for the fourth time in 5 days, in line with up to date information Tuesday.

There have been 168,800 new coronavirus instances nationwide on Monday, in line with Johns Hopkins College. The determine is a rise of just about 19,000 over Sunday, however alerts a slowdown of the virus’ unfold.

About 1,700 sufferers died on Monday, in line with the information, a rise of a number of hundred from the day earlier than.

Because the begin of the pandemic, there have been 19.31 million coronavirus instances in america and about 335,100 deaths, in line with Johns Hopkins.

The variety of sufferers in U.S. hospitals elevated on Monday to about 121,000, a file, in line with the COVID Monitoring Venture.

Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned america continues to be effectively behind the vaccination tempo officers wished to realize by this time.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says 2.1 million folks had acquired their first vaccine dose by early Monday — far fewer than the federal government’s purpose of 20 million by the top of December.

“[The U.S.] is definitely not on the numbers that we wished to be on the finish of December,” Fauci, the nation’s high infectious illnesses skilled and director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, instructed CNN.

Two vaccines have thus far been accepted to be used in america, and Fauci believes there can be a major uptick in January.

“As we get into January, we’re going to see a rise within the momentum,” he mentioned. “I hope [this] permits us to catch as much as the projected tempo that we had spoken a couple of month or two in the past after we have been speaking concerning the deliberate rollout of the vaccinations.”

Different COVID-19 updates Tuesday:

  • The Senate will stake out a place on a proposal to extend stimulus funds to $2,000. Democrats and President Donald Trump have known as on the chamber to approve the elevate Tuesday, but it surely’s unclear what it should do.
  • Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff will each obtain their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. It was scheduled to be broadcast stay.