Tennessee emerged alongside California on Dec. 23 as an epicenter of the latest Covid-19 surge even while more than 1 million Americans have been vaccinated as U.S. political leaders sought to guard against a highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across Britain.

An intensive care unit nurse became the first person in New York state to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Dec. 14, marking a pivotal turn in the U.S. effort to control the deadly virus.

The number of reported global daily deaths from the coronavirus reached 10,816 on Nov. 17, according to a Reuters tally, the highest single-day death count as the virus’ global epicenter the United States entered winter.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed the 11 million mark, according to a Reuters tally, as the third wave of Covid-19 infections surged across the country.

The United States broke the country’s daily record for new coronavirus infections with a reported 84,218 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country, according to a Reuters tally.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urged their residents to not travel between the three states as the U.S. Northeast sees a rise in Covid-19 cases, while California said major theme parks including Disneyland would not be opening anytime soon.

Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak.

Australian researchers said the virus that causes Covid-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, highlighting the need for frequent cleaning and handwashing.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 30 million, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.

Global coronavirus cases surged past 25 million, according to a Reuters tally, as India marked a worldwide record for daily new cases in the Covid-19 pandemic.