Deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on averageBy LISA MARIE PANE and RACHEL LA CORTE Associated PressDecember 8, 2020, 9:00 PM• 4 min readDeaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the frightening peak reached last April, and cases per day have eclipsed 200,000 on average for the first time on record, with the crisis all but certain to get worse because of the fallout from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.Virtually every state is reporting surges just as a vaccine appears days away from getting the go-ahead in the U.S.“What we do now literally will be a matter of life and death for many of our citizens,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday as he extended restrictions on businesses and social gatherings, including a ban on indoor dining and drinking at restaurants and bars.While the impending arrival of the vaccine is reason for hope, he said, “at the moment, we have to face reality, and the reality is that we are suffering a very dire situation with the pandemic.”Elsewhere around the country, North Carolina’s governor imposed a 10 p.m. curfew, and authorities


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