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California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 19:49:48-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

That's 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.

The state only reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24. Its count far outpaces 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.

Officials warn that a recent slight downward trend could reverse when the full impact of holiday gathering transmissions is felt.