U.S. passes 350,000 COVID-19 deaths

The United States has passed the milestone of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data, even as vaccinations against the coronavirus-caused disease get off to a slow start.

More than 350,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far, and health officials worry that number is going to keep spiking.

The U.S. hit the deadly landmark early Sunday morning, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University. More than 20 million people have been infected so far.

As countries around the world tighten lockdowns, impose curfews, ban large get-togethers and even halt alcohol sales to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, officials in India and the U.S. announced some progress toward expanded immunization campaigns as infections rates continued to climb on multiple continents.